first introduced a second actor; he diminished the importance of the Chorus, and assigned the leading part to the dialogue.
And at his side let us place the just man in his nobleness and simplicity, wishing, as Aeschylus
says, to be and not to seem good.
The student may read Homer or AEschylus
in the Greek without danger of dissipation or luxuriousness, for it implies that he in some measure emulate their heroes, and consecrate morning hours to their pages.
Thus, the fable of the "Hawk and the Nightingale" is related by Hesiod; 4 the "Eagle wounded by an Arrow, winged with its own Feathers," by Aeschylus
; 5 the "Fox avenging his wrongs on the Eagle," by Archilochus.
The Agamemnon of Aeschylus
is based on this legend.
Irwine~s elbow, lay the first volume of the Foulis AEschylus
, which Arthur knew well by sight; and the silver coffee- pot, which Carroll was bringing in, sent forth a fragrant steam which completed the delights of a bachelor breakfast.
There was nothing down to poor poetry,--properly speaking, that which persisted in vegetating in manuscripts,--which was not forced, in order to make something of itself, to come and frame itself in the edifice in the shape of a hymn or of prose; the same part, after all, which the tragedies of AEschylus
had played in the sacerdotal festivals of Greece; Genesis, in the temple of Solomon.
19H: Agamemnon and Menelaus likewise according to Hesiod and Aeschylus
are regarded as the sons of Pleisthenes, Atreus' son.
'Prometheus Unbound' partly follows AEschylus
in treating the torture of the Titan who is the champion or personification of Mankind, by Zeus, whom Shelley makes the incarnation of tyranny and on whose overthrow the Golden Age of Shelleyan anarchy succeeds.
In man we still trace the remains or hints of all that we esteem badges of servitude in the lower races; yet in him they enhance his nobleness and grace; as Io, in Aeschylus
, transformed to a cow, offends the imagination; but how changed when as Isis in Egypt she meets Osiris-Jove, a beautiful woman with nothing of the metamorphosis left but the lunar horns as the splendid ornament of her brows!
But, intrinsically, he had slight esteem for "those dead but sceptred spirits"; having qualified himself for forming an independent opinion by reading Potter's AEschylus
, and dipping into Francis's Horace.
In Flaxman's drawing of the Eumenides of Aeschylus
, Orestes supplicates Apollo, whilst the Furies sleep on the threshold.