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Specimens of Greek Tragedy
Goldwin Smith

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SPECIMENS OF GREEK TRAGEDY 

Translated By 

GOLDWIN SMITH, D.C.L. 

AESCHYLUS AND SOPHOCLES 

1893 

PREFACE. 

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

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