Aristotle, Poetics

Course Information
TitleΑΡΙΣΤΟΤΕΛΗΣ, "Περί ποιητικής" / Aristotle, Poetics
SchoolPhilosophy and Education
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate, 2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
CoordinatorTriantafyllia Giannou
Course ID280009603

Programme of Study: UPS School of Philosophy and Education (2011-today)

Registered students: 247
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
CoreMandatory Elective CoursesWinter/Spring-6

Class Information
Academic Year2020 – 2021
Class PeriodSpring
Instructors from Other Categories
Weekly Hours3
Total Hours39
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
  • Distance learning
Digital Course Content
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, students are expected: (a) to be acquainted with central philosophical questions of ancient Greek philosophy. (b) to read and comprehend ancient Greek philosophical texts from the original, and to engage themselves with philosophical thinking, starting from their responses to the «Poetics». (c) to discuss central concepts in the «Poetics», including “imitation”, “pity” and “fear”, “necessity and probability”, and “catharsis”. (d) to become familiar with theoretical approaches to the genres of tragedy and literary criticism. (e) to understand Aristotle’s place in the history of poetic and aesthetic theory.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Work autonomously
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
The course is devoted to the study of Aristotle’s «Poetics», the first extant philosophical treatise on the art of poetry, which has exercised a great deal of influence on subsequent literary theory. Through the concepts of μίμησις, καθόλου, ἁμαρτία, and κάθαρσις, we will focus on the nature of tragic poetry, and the value of the mimetic arts.
Poetics, Tragedy, Mimesis, Catharsis
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Multimedia
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Course Organization
Reading Assigment722.9
Student Assessment
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
- Συκουτρής, Ι. 1937. Αριστοτέλους “Περὶ Ποιητικῆς”. Μετ. Σίμος Μενάρδος. Εισαγωγή, Κείμενο, Ερμηνεία Ι. Συκουτρής. Ακαδημία Αθηνών: Ελληνική Βιβλιοθήκη 2. Αθήνα (Ανατ. Βιβλιοπωλείον της Εστίας, 1982). - Δανιήλ Ιακώβ, 2010, Η Ποιητική της Αρχαίας Ελληνικής Τραγωδίας, 2η ανατ. Αθήνα: ΜΙΕΤ. - Λυπουρλής, Δημήτριος. 2008. Αριστοτέλης, «Ποιητική». Θεσσαλονίκη: Ζήτρος.
Additional bibliography for study
- Halliwell, S. 1987. The “Poetics” of Aristotle. Translation and commentary. Λονδίνο. - Halliwell, Stephen. [1986] 1998. Aristotle’s “Poetics”. 2η έκδ. αναθ. Σικάγο. - Ιακώβ, Δανιήλ Ι. 2004. Ζητήματα Λογοτεχνικής Θεωρίας στην “Ποιητική” του Αριστοτέλη. Αθήνα. - Kannicht, R. 1988. Η Παλαιά Διαμάχη Ποίησης και Φιλοσοφίας. Ελλ. μετάφρ. Δ.Ι. Ιακώβ. Αθήνα. - Lucas, D.W., εκδ. [1968] 1972. Aristotle: “Poetics”. Introduction, Commentary and Appendixes. 2η έκδ. με διορθώσεις. Οξφόρδη. - Μελίστα, Α. 2017. Mῦθος και τραγωδία στην «Ποιητική» του Αριστοτέλη. Αθήνα. - Sifakis, Gregory M. 1986. «Learning from Art and Pleasure in Learning. An Interpretation of Aristotle Poetics 4, 1448b8-19». Στο Studies in Honour of T.B.L. Webster, επιμ. J.H. Betts, J.T. Hooker & J.R. Green. Bristol. I, 211-222. - Sifakis, Gregory M. 2001. Aristotle on the Function of Tragic Poetry. Ηράκλειο. - Τσιτσιρίδης, Σ. 2010. «Ο αριστοτελικός ορισμός της τραγωδίας». Ελληνικά 60: 25-61.
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