The Poetics of Aristotle
Foreword and Compiled By Ben Potter
Introductions by Ben Potter, Anya Leonard, Visnja Bojovic
Translated by S.H. Butcher

This month’s Classical Wisdom ebook deals with an often overlooked and undervalued part of the opus of a thinker who is not merely one of the undisputed greats, but, in many people’s opinion, the quintessential intellectual. The piece of work is the Poetics (c.335BC) and the great mind is, of course, Aristotle (384-322BC). Aristotle would have had theatre, and poetry in general, as a key part of not only his education, but his daily diet of entertainment. Thus, we should not be surprised that, he took a break from considering the ‘whys’ and the ‘hows’ of the ethereal and corporeal worlds, he turned his attentions to the stage. And this crucial analysis of one of the cornerstones of what it was to be an educated Athenian is what we shall focus our attention on today.