WITH Euripides the history of Greek tragedy, as it has come down to us, abruptly closes. And before turning to the next chapter of the story, we may pause for a moment to review the ground we have already traversed. For our purposes, Æschylus may be called the creator of the Greek drama. It was he who peopled the stage with gods and heroes, he who cast the majestic framework in which they were to move. It was he who "made the dialogue the protagonist." It was he who first found the true tragic theme, who first sounded the depths of passion, hope, despair, and invincible resolution. In its main outline all this was retained by Sophocles. But two changes of great significance were carried out. On the one hand, the element of plot, of the closely woven tissue of incidents and situations, was carefully elaborated. On the other hand, the dramatic theme was brought more completely within the world of human passion, and, by a natural conse


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