Euripides and His Influence

Euripides and His Influence

Euripides and His Influence

Euripides and His Influence

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There are many signs that the present generation will see what Europe has seen twice in the last five hundred years--a Greek Renaissance. Ever since Greek letters after a long night became part of the common heritage of Europe, Greek literature has had its worshippers, and in each century individuals have penetrated behind the literary beauty to the living soul of Greece. Schoolmasters like Ascham, politicians like Charles James Fox, no less than poets like Milton and Shelley, have made the discovery, drawn by some inner kinship of spirit, or finding their way by accident or instinct to sources where the needs of their nature could be satisfied. What happens to individuals in every age happens more rarely to Europe itself. There are two fountains of living waters, to which human nature turns when the sky is as brass above and the earth as iron beneath. One of them springs from Greek soil; and from . . .

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