The Tragedies of Aeschylos: A New Translation with a Biographical Essay, and an Appendix of Rhymed Choral Odes

The Tragedies of Aeschylos: A New Translation with a Biographical Essay, and an Appendix of Rhymed Choral Odes

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The Tragedies of Aeschylos: A New Translation with a Biographical Essay, and an Appendix of Rhymed Choral Odes

The Tragedies of Aeschylos: A New Translation with a Biographical Essay, and an Appendix of Rhymed Choral Odes

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I have been led by the interest which I found in the work of translating Sophocles, and in part also by the reception which my translation met with, to enter on another, and, in some respects, more difficult task, in which I have had predecessors at once more numerous and of higher mark. I leave it to others to compare the merits and defects of my work with theirs.

I have adhered in it to the plan of using for the Choral Odes such unrhymed metres, observing the strophic and antistrophic arrangement, as seemed to me most analogous in their general rhythmical effect to those of the original; while, for the sake of those who cannot abandon their preference for the form with which they are more familiar, I have added, in an Appendix, a rhymed version of the chief Odes of the Oresteian trilogy. Those in the other dramas did not seem to me of equal interest, or to lend themselves with equal facility to a like attempt.

I have for the most part followed the text of Mr. Paley’s edition of 1881, and, in common with all . . .

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