Read the following:
1. the link to Aristotle's background on the right of the screen
2. the excerpt from "The Poetics" that's in the Norton Anthology of World Masterpieces. If you don't have your book, see the link on the right of your screen & read sections VI - XI.
Post any thoughts you have about Aristotle's ideas on this thread. We really discuss Plato, Socrates & Aristotle because they are the foundation of western thought. The Catholic church actually revised Aristotle's theories a little then adopted them as official Catholic philosophy. All of these philosophical writings really serve as the backdrop to understanding the ancient Greek & Roman art we study as well as the ancient Greek plays we read.
"Poetics" are really an intro for us to Oedipus Rex & Medea, which we'll read next.