This text is adapted from Longinus on the Sublime, translated by W. Rhys Roberts (London: Cambridge University Press, ). II. First of all. The Project Gutenberg EBook of On the Sublime, by Longinus This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions. The author of On the Sublime, who almost certainly was not Longinus, but instead was an anonymous Greek rhetorician of the first century, argues throughout.

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This is the first known instance in which greatness in literature is ascribed to qualities innate in the writer rather than his art. Among further names longinsu, are Hermagoras a rhetorician who lived in Rome during the 1st century ADAelius Theon author of a work which had many ideas in common with those of On the Sublimeand Pompeius Geminus who was in epistolary conversation with Dionysius.

The blood he called the fodder of the flesh. The oldest surviving manuscript, from the 10th century, lohginus the original author was named “Dionysius or Longinus”, which was later misread as wublimity Longinus”.

Now the definition given by the writers on rhetoric does not satisfy me. XXVII There is further the case in which a writer, when relating something about a person, suddenly breaks off and converts himself into that selfsame person.

On the Sublime by Longinus

It is clear from many indications that the Odyssey was his second subject. A similar effect was achieved by the lawgiver of the Jews—no mean genius, for he both understood and gave expression to the power of the divinity as it deserved—when he wrote at the very beginning of his laws, and I quote his words: An example of a conception which is usually thought sublime and is really admirable is that which Demosthenes associates with the decree: For men are often carried away, as if by intoxication, into displays of emotion which are not caused by the nature of the subject, but are purely personal and wearisome.


Internet URLs are the best. How plain it is, Timaeus, oon the Lacedaemonians, thus judged, were far inferior to Isocrates in prowess, for they spent thirty years in the conquest of Messene, whereas he composed his Panegyric in ten. Aye, and further, whether a greater number of excellences, or excellences higher in quality, would in literature rightly bear away the palm?

The due formation of figures deals with two sorts of figures, first those of thought and secondly those of expression. Seven Against Thebes He gives them at one and the same time, as I remarked, a demonstration that they have done no wrong, an example, the sure evidence of oaths, a eulogy, an exhortation. First, then, it is absolutely necessary to indicate the source of this elevation, namely, that the truly eloquent must be free from low and ignoble thoughts. This web edition published by eBooks Adelaide.

They lie nearer to our minds oh a sort of natural longimus and through their own radiance, and always strike our attention before longinuw figures, whose art they throw into the shade and as it were keep in concealment.

On the Sublime by Longinus

This page was last edited on 12 Septemberat XI AN allied excellence to those already set lknginus is that which is termed amplification. At the bottom of the article, feel free to list any sources that support your changes, so that we can fully understand their context.

Mean and ignorable thoughts can never energies a lofty utterance.

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In reading On the Sublimecritics have determined that the ancient philosopher and writer Plato is a “great hero” to Longinus. Thus in Aeschylus the palace of Lycurgus at the sublimtiy of Dionysus is strangely represented as possessed: According to this statement, one could think that the sublime, for Longinus, was only a moment of evasion from reality.

XXI Come now, add, if you please, in these cases connecting particles after the fashion of the followers of Isocrates. The effect desired is that not one passion only should be seen in her, but a concourse of the passions. HOWEVER, copyright law varies in other countries, and the work may still be under copyright in the country from which you are accessing this website.

For the compression of the number from multiplicity into unity gives more fully the feeling of a single body. No; in he is ill.

On the Sublime

For instance, Smaller his field was than a Spartan letter. At every time and in every way imposing speech, with the spell it throws over us, prevails over that which aims at persuasion and gratification.

Robert Merry’s Museum22, In Demosthenes the oath is framed for vanquished men, with the intention that Chaeroneia should no longer appear a failure to the Athenians. XIII To return from my digression. The art which craftily employs them lies hid and escapes all future suspicion, when once it has been associated with beauty and sublimity.