Specimens of Greek Tragedy: Aeschylus and Sophocles

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Specimens of Greek Tragedy

Aeschylus and Sophocles

Translated By Goldwin Smith

Greek Classics

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Greek drama, forerunner of ours, had its origin in the festival of Dionysus, god of wine, which was celebrated with dance, song, and recitative. The recitative, being in character, was improved into the Drama, the chief author of the ...

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Specimens of Greek Tragedy

Aeschylus and Sophocles

Translated By Goldwin Smith

Greek Classics

Brand New Copy

Greek drama, forerunner of ours, had its origin in the festival of Dionysus, god of wine, which was celebrated with dance, song, and recitative. The recitative, being in character, was improved into the Drama, the chief author of the improvement, tradition says, being Thespis. But the dance and song were retained, and became the Chorus, that peculiar feature of the Greek play. This seems to be the general account of the matter, and especially of the combination of the lyric with the dramatic element, so far as we can see through the mist of an unrecorded age.

Thirlwall, still perhaps the soundest and most judicious, though not the most vivid or enthusiastic, historian of Greece, traces the origin of the Drama to "the great choral compositions uniting the attractions of music and action to those of a lofty poetry, which formed the favourite entertainment of the Dorian cities." This, he says, appears to have been the germ out of which, by the introduction of a new element, the recitation of a performer who assumed a character and perhaps from the first shifted his mask, so as to exhibit the outlines of a simple story in a few scenes parted by the intervening song of the Chorus, Thespis and his successors unfolded the Attic Tragedy.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781492709138
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 9/12/2013
  • Pages: 218
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.46 (d)

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