Pindar: Odes
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Pseudo-Longinus: On the Sublime

Zeus_Typhon_Staatliche_Antikensammlungen_596On the Sublime (Greek: Περì Ὕψους Perì Hýpsous) is a work on literary criticism written in Greek at some point during the Roman empire. The manuscript tradition attributes the work to 'Dionsysius or Longinus' and its true provenance has been the subject of much debate.

The concept of the sublime reflects the author's commendation of writing in a grand, elevated style, citing many examples from classical literature. The work is not mentioned by any other ancient writer, but became particularly influential during the eighteenth century.

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Free online texts
English translations
Attalus: On the Sublime, translated by W.H. Fyfe. HTML format.
Gutenberg: On the Sublime. EPUB, HTML, MOBI and TXT formats.
Internet Archive: On the Sublime, translated by H. L. Havell. EPUB, MOBI, PDF and TXT formats.
University of Adelaide (Internet Archive): On the Sublime, translated by W. Rhys Roberts. EPUB, MOBI and HTML formats.
Wikisource: On the Sublime, translated by H. L. Havell. HTML and other formats.
Greek texts
Internet Archive: Aristotle, The Poetics; "Longinus", On the Sublime; Demetrius, On Style. Bilingual Loeb edition. EPUB, MOBI, PDF and TXT formats.
Perseus: De Sublimitate. HTML and XML formats.

Other Resources
Wikipedia: On the Sublime

Further reading at Tom's Learning Notes
Aristotle: The Poetics - another ancient work on literary aesthetics.
Bloom's Western Canon: On the Sublime is listed.
Writers and works mentioned in On the Sublime
Homer: The Iliad and the Odyssey.
Hesiod: Works and Days, The Shield of Heracles.
Sappho: Poems.
Pindar: Odes.
Herodotus: Histories.
Aeschylus: Seven Against Thebes.
Sophocles: Oedipus Rex, Oedipus at Colonus
Euripides: Orestes, Iphigenia in Tauris.
Xenophon: Hellenica, Cyropaedia, The Spartan Constitution, Memorabilia.
Plato: The Republic, Timaeus, The Laws, Menexenus.
Demosthenes: On the Crown, Phillipics, Against Meidias.
Aratus:  Phenomena
Apollonius: Argonautica.
Cicero: Speeches.
Genesis: The opening lines of the Bible are quoted as an example of the sublime.
Later influence
Jospeh Addison: The Spectator.
Edmund Burke: A Philosophical Inquiry into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful.
Immanuel Kant: Critique of the Power of Judgment.


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