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Introduction History of the Text of the Poetics

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In the last ten years, while studying the Poetics as the work of Aristotle the philosopher, the author found that interpretation of some difficult passages suffered from the lack of an edition providing sufficient information about the primary witnesses to the text. He has divided the transmission of the Poetics into the following seven periods: 1) The Poetics and its Place among Aristotle's Works. the Availability of Aristotle's Scholarly Treatises during his Lifetime and those of Theophrastus and Eudemus. 2) From the Deaths of Theophrastus and Eudemus until the End of the First Century CE. 3) From the Second Century CE to the Poetics' Archetype. 4) From the Ninth to the Fourteenth Century. 5) From the Fifteenth to the Eighteenth Century. 6) the Nineteenth Century. 7) From the Twentieth Century to the Present.

Keywords:Aristotle; Eudemus; Poetics' Archetype; Theophrastus

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