3. Greek and Latin Criticism during the Roman Empire

  1. M. A. R. Habib

Published Online: 24 FEB 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781444328004.ch3

Literary Criticism from Plato to the Present: An Introduction

Literary Criticism from Plato to the Present: An Introduction

How to Cite

Habib, M. A. R. (2010) Greek and Latin Criticism during the Roman Empire, in Literary Criticism from Plato to the Present: An Introduction, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444328004.ch3

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 24 FEB 2012
  2. Published Print: 7 JAN 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405160346

Online ISBN: 9781444328004

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Keywords:

  • Greek and Latin criticism - during the Roman Empire;
  • influence of Horace's Ars poetica - influence of Plato, and of Aristotle;
  • Horace's text, form of informal letter - established poet, giving advice to would-be poets of wealthy Piso family in Rome;
  • sublime, element in broad Romantic reaction in Europe - new domain of aesthetics in the work of thinkers, such as Immanuel Kant;
  • Longinus, “truly beautiful and sublime … pleases all people at all times”;
  • Longinus, stating that “Nature” - has distinguished us over other creatures;
  • third-century philosopher, Plotinus - metaphysician of antiquity, and founder of Neo-Platonism;
  • Plotinus, and phases of existence - from divinity, goal of all things, to return to the divine;
  • Plotinus' system, divinity itself - hierarchical triad in three principles or hypostases;
  • Macrobius' Commentary - starting point of Cicero's work De republica (the Republic)

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Horace (65–8 BC)

  • Longinus (First Century AD)

  • Neo-Platonism