The Problem

  • Patrizia Laspia
Part of the UNIPA Springer Series book series (USS)


The commentary on the two controversial definitions of Aristotle’s Poetics opens with these discouraging words in the Alfred Gudeman edition of the Poetics. As is universally acknowledged, the greatest difficulties are undoubtedly posed by the definition of ἄρθρον, which is however so closely linked to that of σύνδεσμος that it is impossible to consider one without the other. The following book is therefore an analysis of the two definitions taken as a whole: the problem of how to attribute meaning to one or the other term cannot be solved unless the two definitions are both taken into consideration. But this is still not enough.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Dipartimento di Scienze UmanisticheUniversity of PalermoPalermoItaly

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