Pseudo-Longinus, Perì hýpsous
(3,500 words)

A. Author and date

Until the 19th cent., the author of the treatise Perì hýpsous (‘On the Sublime’; often cited in Latin as De sublimi) was thought to be ‘Longinus’. This was an inference from the MS transmission of the fragmentary, but readily reconstructed text. The oldest codex (Parisinus graecus 2036, 10th cent.) attributes the text to one “Dionysios Longinos”. However, the table of contents to the same MS gives the…

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Vöhler, Martin, “Pseudo-Longinus, Perì hýpsous”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 5 : The Reception of Classical Literature, English edition by Matthijs H. Wibier (2012). Original German-language edition: Die Rezeption der antiken Literatur. Herausgegeben von Christine Walde in Verbindung mit Brigitte Egger. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 1. Staffel, herausgegeben von Hubert Cancik, Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, Band 7. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2010). Consulted online on 23 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: 9789004218932, 20101111

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