Averroes' Middle Commentary on Aristotle's <em> Poetics </em>

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184 page, 6" x 9", preface, notes, bibliography, glossary, index

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Averroes' Middle Commentary on Aristotle's Poetics


This volume contains both the translation of the text and an introduction which the arguments of both Averroes and Aristotle are sketch out and their differences from Plato and other important thinkers explored, an outline analysis of the order of Averroes’s commentary, annotations to the text, a bibliography, and a glossary of important terms with their English translations.

The translation is literal and eloquent, albeit more literal than eloquent when sense demands such a sacrifice. Throughout the commentary, the same English word is used for the same Arabic word unless an exception is noted. The renditions of the poetic citations are somewhat freer without reaching to unwarranted innovations.