From Biology to Linguistics: The Definition of Arthron in Aristotle's Poetics

  • Patrizia┬áLaspia

Part of the UNIPA Springer Series book series (USS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Patrizia Laspia
    Pages 1-36
  3. Patrizia Laspia
    Pages 37-59
  4. Patrizia Laspia
    Pages 61-64
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 65-87

About this book


This book attempts to solve Aristotle's definition of arthron in the XX chapter of the Poetics by seeing it in a new light. This definition has always been considered an unsolvable problem. Starting with a detailed analysis of the Greek text, and of the various attempts to emend the text in order to make sense of it, the book provides an analytical description of the critical literature, showing that the solutions proposed up to now need to be revised.

The possible solution is found in viewing the XX chapter of the Poetics not as a classification of parts of speech, as it was usually supposed, but by considering the biological definitions of arthron in Aristotle's corpus. This leads to the conclusion that, in linguistics as well as in biology, arthron is a "joint". In this light, the book offers a new textual conjecture for the first example of arthron in the Poetics.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Patrizia┬áLaspia
    • 1
  1. 1.Dipartimento di Scienze UmanisticheUniversity of PalermoPalermoItaly

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-77325-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-77326-1
  • Series Print ISSN 2366-7516
  • Series Online ISSN 2366-7524
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