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Page 267 - An actor who gave ofiènce to the motley multitude was received with murmurs and hootings, sometimes was assailed by missiles, and driven from the stage. The expressions of applause were not less tumultuous. It has been mentioned, that the archon assigned the poet three actors and a chorus. This number was not employed at first. Thespis introduced but one actor, distinct from the chorus ; .¿Eschylus added a second., and Sophocles a third ; and this was ever after the legitimate number.
Page 267 - The spectators hastened to the theatre at the dawn of day to secure the best places, as the performances commenced very early. After the first exhibition was over, the audience retired for a while until the second was about to commence. There were three or four such representations in the course of the day, thus separated by short intervals. During the performance. the people regaled...