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By George Alexander Kennedy

Quantity 1 of The Cambridge historical past of Literary feedback makes a speciality of feedback within the Classical interval as much as approximately A.D. 325. this primary survey examines the beginnings of severe awareness in Greece, together with the services of poetry and the position of poets in early Greek society, and keeps with authoritative dialogue of the serious writings of Aristophanes, Plato, Aristotle and Hellenistic students. It examines Roman figures together with Horace, Cicero, Quintilian and Tacitus, and likewise considers Greek critics of the Augustan and imperial sessions akin to Longinus, and the neo-platonic, Christian and grammatical writers of later antiquity.

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It reasserts itself in the dominance of epideictic rhetoric in later antiquity. The traditional concern with praise, together with the phenomenon of mimesis, to be discussed below, goes far toward explaining Plato's criticism of poetry and its dangers. Moreover, song, like prose, can refer to its own medi urn fiS apodeixis. 45 -7). From the language of Herodotus in the sentence that immediately follows the prooemium and from relau:d passages, it is clear that Herodotus considers himself a logios, or, at least, as someone who supersedes the logioi.

3-29, r the most part from cultural preconceptions of our own times concerning "l(>lk poetry"; Bausinger, Formen, pp. 41-55. ~~· Bundy, Studia, pp. 1-5. <, pp. 36-1!. lH Occasion and authority 11 encoded in the poetry; 31 (3) the philoi, that is, those who are 'near and dear' and who are thereby interconnected to the poet and to each other, so that the message that is encoded in the poetry may be transmitted to them and through them: communication through community.

In effect, then, the figure of Hesiod presents himself as mantis and kirux as well as aoidos, whereas a figure like Homer is strictly an aoidos, a poet. x, which became specialised sub-categories. 53). x, however, which had become specialised sub-categories of aoidos, aoidos in its own turn did not become a specialized sub-category of the word that replaced it as a general category, poiitis. Whereas the aoidos had remained in the sacral realm of prophecy, as evidenced by the institutional dependence of the aoidos on the divine inspiration of the muse, the poiitis entered the desacralised realm of poetry as we are used to it, where the very notion of inspiration is but a literary Early Greek views of poets and poetry 24 convention.

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