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I was first introduced to the seminal work in my discipline in the fall of Junior year as an undergraduate. I was a poor student who bought the cheapest books I could off of Amazon so I ended up with a yellowed Penguin Classics paperback copy. Aristotle was interesting, but largely failed to make an impression. The binding was falling apart, the print was small, and I had a full class load. It was a book I wanted to hurry to finish because it was not enjoyable to look at and read.

Lesson to be learned: put money into getting a good, new edition of a book that is considered essential, it will make you want to read it. Carnes Lord is a scholar of exceptional ability as he walks the reader through the intricacies of the old philosopher. And I have never read footnotes with closer attention than with this work. Aristotle makes several references to obscure figures and historical events of his day that none but the most well versed of classicists can understand.

I had my iPad with me, so I quickly opened iBooks and downloaded a free version of the book so I could follow along. In an era of free ebooks, paperbacks, and used books galore, it is very tempting for cash strapped students to not make the money investment in books when they can be had for so much less.

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It could likewise be said there has been a boom in translations, either of individual sections or books, or of the whole of the Politics. Ideally, the goal was to give to the reader of the English translation a text that was relatively close to being a mirror of the Greek, so that if the argument in the Greek original was complex and difficult, the translation should echo its complexity and difficulty. What should be avoided is making what is difficult or problematic in the Greek appear clearer and non-problematic in the English. Many who agreed with the need for literal translation from the Greek were unhappy because they thought that what Lord ultimately produced was Hellenized English jargon rather than contemporary English. They felt that the tone and style was alien to the typical English reader and would make approaching this text more, not less, difficult.


Book Review: Carnes Lord’s Translation of Aristotle’s Politics

This new translation of one of the fundamental texts of Western political thought combines strict fidelity to Aristotle's Greek with a contemporary English prose style. Lord's intention throughout is to retain Aristotle's distinctive style. The accompanying notes provide literary and historical references, call attention to textual problems, and supply other essential information and interpretation. A glossary supplies working definitions of key terms in Aristotle's philosophical-political vocabulary as well as a guide to linguistic relationships that are not always reflected in equivalent English terms. Lord's extensive Introduction presents a detailed account of Aristotle's life in relation to the political situation and events of his time and then discusses the problematic character and history of Aristotle's writings in general and of the Politics in particular. Lord also outlines Aristotle's conception of political science, tracing its relation to theoretical science on the one hand and to ethics on the other. In conclusion, he briefly traces the subsequent history and influence of the Politics up to modern times.

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