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By E. R. Dodds

ISBN-10: 0198143702

ISBN-13: 9780198143703

Those essays characterize the whole diversity of Dodds' literary and philosophical pursuits, and his skill to mix profound scholarship with the lucid humanity of a instructor confident of the worth of Greek reports to the trendy global.

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Ath. Trib. Lists, iii. 32 I n. 88 : 'Very possibly lines 295-6 will refer to some sort of trouble in Pallene, and this would surely mean Poteidaia. G. 2 i. 32, and B. D. ), and it is possible that the trouble began earlier. Morals and Politics in the Oresteia a political point here; but after a century of controversy there is still no agreement on what the point is. I believe myself that this is exactly what the poet would have wished : he was writing a political play, yes; but a propagandist play, no.

V. itself or for some other uncompleted part of the tetralogy, which Euphorion inserted here because he did not want to waste it and the metrical context was more or less suitable. On the same principle one might also suspect that the odd patchwork of metres in the Titan's opening speech had its source in Euphorion's editorial activities. Robertson's hypothesis would also relieve us of some embarrassing questions concerning the other plays of the tetralogy. We know that the Vinctus was followed by the Lyomenos (The Unbinding of Prometheus), and we have sufficient fragments of the latter to reconstruct a good part of its action in rough outline.

44 The Prometheus Vinctus its beginning in Heaven. 1 Aeschylus, like us, had lived through an Age of Violence among men, and tradition told him that there had once been a like Age of Violence among the gods. But his faith is that both on earth and in Heaven the rule of Violence is over. He can believe that Power in the person of Zeus is now at last reconciled with the Intelligence of which Prometheus is the mythical embodiment, and both of them with the supreme principle of Justice whose guardians are the Moirai and the Erinyes.

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