What are the things that are discussed in Longinus` On the Sublime?

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On the Sublime, a work that recent (post-2000) scholarship has argued should indeed be attributed to the leading ancient philologist, Longinus, is essentially a rhetorical treatise, giving writers information about how to write better. As is appropriate to Longinus, who wrote critical works about Plato, the treatise emphasizes that the most important effect that a writer should create is one of sublimity, an effect that operates on the soul. The main part of the work that is extant (it has several lacunae) surveys writers that Longinus considers sublime for the purpose of showing ways in which the effect of sublimity is achieved.