Aeschyli Eumenides (Google eBook)

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Macmillan, 1853 - 143 pages
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Page 82 - and Shelley, Ma/rianne's Dream : A pale dream came to a lady fair, And said, A boon, a boon, I pray ! I know the secrets of the air, And
Page 56 - idea of the Trilogy is to show how a curse rooted in the human race, and generating one misdeed out of another, is averted by the control of the Saviour God. The secondary aim is to inculcate respect for established institutions, and particularly for the Areopagus. The delineation of character, as is usual with
Page 53 - or scene-painting, and that the Goddess pointed to this picture. When the Areopagites have taken their seats in the Orchestra, and Pallas, in v. 536, bids the people be silent, she addresses the whole audience as well as the persons on the stage : no doubt actual blasts of the trumpet pealed through the theatre, and the herald's cry,
Page 53 - Here the scene continues without interruption until the end of the Play. 14. In v. 653, where Pallas speaks of Mars' Hill as before the eyes of the audience, we must suppose a distant prospect of the hill opposite the citadel to have been represented on a
Page 64 - extended privileges which had made it so obnoxious, we shall readily understand how the ancient traditional respect for it was kept alive, and how it came to be revived after the fall of the Thirty, as a venerable part of the old Democracy.
Page 60 - It was invested," says Grote (vol. vp 481), "with a kind of religious respect, and believed to possess mysterious traditions emanating from a divine source ; especially, the cognizance it took of intentional homicide, was a part of the old Attic religion not less than of judicature." In short, the Athenians generally would speak of it in terms similar to those employed by -¿Eschines (in Ctes.
Page 55 - but being generally coupled with the notion of a fugitive homicide not yet cleansed, it takes the meaning of " homo piacularis," (Eum. 168, Choeph. 285,) and in the Eumenides is used in the peculiar sense of
Page 82 - Which I can make the sleeping see, if they will put their trust in me.
Page 47 - submitted to the reader's unqualified perusal. 2. ^Eschylus having determined to present himself as a candidate for the Tragic Prize, with his Trilogy of the " Orestea " and the " Proteus," a Satyric Drama, Xenocles of Aphidna was appointed to furnish him with a Chorus. The question here naturally arises for our consideration, how many
Page 62 - next place," he says, in p. 113, " it was scarcely possible to sever a portion only from that jurisdiction, (ie homicide,) because whatever could be detached from it had already been transferred to other courts, namely those of the

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