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The Tragedies of Aeschylos With a Biographical Essay
Aeschylos [E. H. Plumptre, Trans]
Published by George Routledge & Sons N.D., New York
Hardcover Measures 7x5 inches Weighs 1 pound 5 ounces
Condition: Good.
Green cloth boards are richly decorated with embossed gold, both front and back.
Sturdy solid and well built book. Save an occasional light pencil stray into the margins, pages are clean. Sturdy pages are lightly tan and text is crisp.
Formerly from the San Francisco Women’s Club and the checkout card is affixed to back endpapers. First checkout date of Sept 10 1932, last checkout date of Feb 20 1941
Former owner name on first blank leaf in very neat flourishing script which is beginning to fade, dated Oct 1891
Green cloth is scuffed and bumped at edges and a bit shelf worn overall.

Excerpt from the book:

THE materials for a life of iEschylos are like in kind
and quantity to those which we possess for a life of
Sophocles. A brief anonymous memoir, written pro­
bably some four or five hundred years after his death,1
a few scattered facts in scholia and lexicons, a few
anecdotes or allusions in contemporary, or all bat con­
temporary, authors; this is all we have to deal with.3
My purpose in this essay is to do for the older as I
have done for the younger dramatist, to put these dis­
jecta membra together in such an order as may best
show what the man himself was, to illustrate them
from the poet's own works, to throw light on them
from the history of the period in which he lived*
The birth of iEschylos3 is fixed partly by dates
given by Suidas and in the Arundel Inscriptions, partly
by a conjectural emendation of the text of the anony-

mous biographer, at B.O. 525. Both his parentage and
his place of birth maybe thought of as having influenced
his poetry. He was an Bupatrid, one of the old noble
families of Attica, born at a time when the separation
between them and the other citizens was far mora
strongly marked than at a later period, and we find
the feelings of his class clinging to him through life.
He delights to dwell on the nobler character, the more
generous treatment even of slaves, to be found in the
" heirs of ancient wealth " than in the nouveaucc riches,
who rose into prominence and power under Pericles,
(Agam. ver. 1010-12.) He utters his protest through
the lips of Athena against defiling the " clear stream "
of the old nobility with the f foul mire " of aliens and
traders,1 {Eumen. v. 665.) With this as the dominant
feeling in his mind, he attached himself to the cause
of Kimon as against Pericles, and, as we shall see
hereafter, defended the Areiopagos against the attacks
that threatened its authority. Something of the same
temper—as of one who places noble blood above
wealth, because it more often goes together with
nobleness of nature—is seen in his scorn for " gold-
decked " houses where the hands of those who dwell
in them are soiled, (Agam. v. 748,) while he maintains
that there is no inevitable connexion between greatness
and the fall that so often follows on it, that there are
families in which prosperity and honour pass on from
generation to generation, (Agam. v. 786.)'
Nor can the fact that he was born at Eleusis be..

The Tragedies of Aeschylos With a Biographical Essay Aeschylos E. H. Plumptre Routledge & Sons Undated 1900's Hardcover Book


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