(Steve Waters’s article appeared in the Guardian, 10/4.)
I have a problem with Aristotle. Not the Aristotle who pondered being, politics, or ethics, but the Aristotle who, in the wake of Greek tragedy, tried to nail what made those great plays so great. His Poetics is a fragment of preserved lecture notes, part of a wider riposte to Plato's attack on the poets (perhaps it should be pinged over to Jeremy Hunt pretty damn quick). But it's less the real-life Greek I'm bothered about; it's what we continue to make of him.
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