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February 1964


Author Affiliations

Department of Internal Medicine, University Hospitals, State University of Iowa, Iowa City.

Arch Intern Med. 1964;113(2):165-167. doi:10.1001/archinte.1964.00280080001001

Although Lucas' treatise on tragedy first appeared more than 35 years ago and must have been in gestation some time before that, only recently did I come across it. Its revival and occasional reissue demonstrate its longevity. Often I read a lot of things one person has written when something he wrote moves, cheers, or disturbs me. This saturation technique gives a view both deep and wide. Thus I found myself ploughing my way through sometimes difficult but always very much worthwhile opuscula of F. L. Lucas. In this study, he has inspected, dissected, and analyzed Aristotle.

The time of classical Greece was a rare moment in the history of the world when a substantial portion of articulate people in a small community came into contact with reality in a way that actually employed the almost limitless talents of man to something like the ample limits of their capacity. If

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