Longinus Bibliography

On the Sublime 1739
The standard English translation to appear in the eighteenth century. It was made by the Revd William Smith and reached a fifth edition in 1800. It has always been believed that Longinus was the author of this work. Although evidence suggest that it was written in the first century AD its actual date and authorship are unkown. The oldest surviving MS (10th century Paris) attributes it to ‘Dionysius or Longinus’. Boileau made his famous translation of the treatise in 1674.