Specimens of Greek Tragedy — Aeschylus and Sophocles - Goldwin Smith

Specimens of Greek Tragedy — Aeschylus and Sophocles

By Goldwin Smith

  • Release Date: 2014-12-31
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Size: 124.87 KB

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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 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.

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