A History Of Classical Greek Literature (volume 1); The Poets (with An Appendix On Homer, By Prof…

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bySir John Pentland Mahaffy

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1880. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XV. eschylus. § 172. The facts known to us about the life of Eschylus are few, and decked out with many fables. He was the son of Euphorion, born at Eleusis, the town of the Mysteries, in 525 B.c. He contended with Choerilus and Pratinas, as well as Phrynichus, fiom about 500 B.c., and there is no doubt that he learned a great deal from the art of the latter. His first tragic victory was in 0l. 73, 4 (485), and from this time down to the middle of the century he worked with all the energy and patience of a great genius at his art. He fought in the battles of the great Persian war, and was wounded, it is said, at Marathon, at which his brother Kynaegirus fell. He contended against Simonides with an elegy to be inscribed over the fallen, but was defeated. According to the most credible account he won thirteen tragic victories. He confessed it impossible to excel the Hymn to Zeus of the obscure Tynnichus, on account of its antique piety, which gave it the character of an inspiration.1 And yet he is reported to have been exceedingly hurt at the success of Sophocles in tragedy, by whom he was defeated in 468 B.c. This may have induced him to leave Athens and go to Sicily, an island which he had already visited in Ol. 76 at the invitation of Hiero, for whom he had written a local piece called the sEteueans, to celebrate the foundation of the city of Mtna. on the site of the earlier (and later) Catana. He also brought out at Syracuse a new edition of his Persians. A better cause alleged for his second departure from Athens was the suspicion or accusation under which he lay of having divulged the Mysteries. He is even said to have been publicly 1 Cf. Bergk, FLG., p. 1111 attacked, and, though he pleaded that he was unaware of his crime, was saved wit...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1880. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XV. eschylus. § 172. The facts known to us about the life of Eschylus are few, and decked out with many fables. He was...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.38 inPublished:January 30, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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