The Ancient Classical Drama: A Study in Literary Evolution Intended for Readers in English and in the Original

The Ancient Classical Drama: A Study in Literary Evolution Intended for Readers in English and in the Original

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The Ancient Classical Drama: A Study in Literary Evolution Intended for Readers in English and in the Original

The Ancient Classical Drama: A Study in Literary Evolution Intended for Readers in English and in the Original

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This second edition, except for some minute corrections of detail, is a reproduction of the first. There were temptations to make additions on certain topics, but this could not be done without enlarging the book to an extent which would have impaired its serviceableness in practical education.

In the preface to the first edition I made a plea for recognizing the study of classical literatures in translation as an element in liberal education, both for those who did and those who did not read these literatures in the original languages. The reception of my book, as shown by reviews and by letters from prominent scholars, has convinced me that there was much wider sympathy for the position I took up than I was aware of at the time. And the eight years since the first edition was published have shown a steady, if slow, advance in the prospects of the new study. Expensive and laborious stage productions of ancient dramas have afforded good evidence of popular interest in the literature of antiquity; in some cases the plays have been acted in English. Topics of classical literature . . .

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