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OF

AESCHYLUS

WITH A METRICAL TRANSLATION AND NOTES
CRITICAL AND ILLUSTRATIVE

BY

BENJAMIN HALL KENNEDY, D.D.

REGIUS PROFESSOR OF GREEK,

AND HONORARY FELLOW OF ST JOHN'S COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE;
CANON OF ELY.

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London: CAMBRIDGE WAREHOUSE, 17, PATERNOSTer Row.

Cambridge: DEIGHTON, BELL, AND CO.
Leipzig: F. A. BROCKHAUS.

1882

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292. g. 102.

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A.D. VIII. ID. NOVEMB. A.S. MDCCCLXXXI.

INTRODUCTION

TO THE FIRST EDITION.

I. 1. The Agamemnon is the first play in the Trilogy called 'Opeσтeía, acted B.C. 458, Ol. 80, 2, in the archonship of Philocles, three years before the death of Aeschylus. The other two tragedies which follow it are the Choephoroe and Eumenides: with them was acted the Satyric drama Proteus, probably at the great Dionysia (Tà kаT' σTU); and the prize was awarded to our poet. He had a patriotic motive, arising from his strong conservative opinions, for the constitution of the plot of the third play. The authority of the ancient court of Areopagus was menaced with diminution, if not extinction, by a law which Ephialtes brought forward, on the instigation of Pericles, who led the democratic party in opposition to Kimon, the son of Miltiades. Aeschylus, a stern aristocrat, desired by his Eumenides to support the dignity and power of this venerable institution, which he there represents as holding a solemn trial of Orestes under the presidency of Pallas Athene, the tutelar of Athens.

2. These three tragedies must be regarded as constituting one great whole; three acts, as it were, of one plot. In the first play, the Agamemnon, is the Crime.'

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