Dionysius Longinus On The Sublime: Translated from the Greek, With Notes and Observations, And Some Account of the Life, Writings, and Character of the Author. By William Smith, D.D. Now Dean of Chester. [Epigraph] The Fourth Edition, Corrected and Improved.
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The translation is dedicated by William Smith to George, Earl of Macclesfield.
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Longinus's enquiry is concerned with the sublime in literature, where he thinks it to result from nobility of mind and strong emotion, supported by composition and phrasing. He notes how it is destroyed by tumidity and frigidity. He finds the chief examples of the sublime in Homer, Plato and Demosthenes, but quotes extensively from other writers, including Sappho and, interestingly for a pagan writer, from the opening words of Genesis. Longinus's own style is clear and enthusiastic.
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