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The volume makes widely available some important scholarship on the canonical texts of ancient rhetoric and poetics.
Whilst there are numerous studies of general trends in classical criticism, this collection offers direct discussions of primary sources, which provide a useful companion to the Russell and Winterbottom anthology, Ancient Literary Criticism.
The volume contains a chronology, suggestions for further reading, a new translation of Bernays' 1857 essay onkatharsis, and an important introductory chapter addressing the tension in ancient literary criticism between its place in the classical tradition and its role in contemporary endeavours to reconstruct ancient culture.
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