Longinus (lŏnjĪˈnəs) [key], fl. 1st cent.? A.D., Greek literary critic; writer of the famous treatise On the Sublime. Nothing is known of his life, and for a long time his work was attributed to Cassius Longinus. On the Sublime is one of the momuments of literary criticism. The work is the sole source for Sappho's second ode.
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