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PREFACE

TO THE FOURTH EDITION.

The present Edition of the “Theatre of the Greeks” differs from the preceding in several particulars.

It appears from the advertisement to the last edition that the former Editor intended to make some important alterations in his introductory sketch, and I regret that he has been prevented by the pressure of other engagements from continuing and completing what he had so well begun. As I do not concur with him in many of the opinions there expressed, and could not of course venture to reconstruct his materials according to my own views, I have been compelled to substitute for the former Introduction a new Treatise on the same subject. I have, however, retained the description of the Theatre, which is, I believe, a correct abridgment of Genelli. If I have made any other use of my predecessor's labours, I trust I have always acknowledged my obligations to him. The narrow limits imposed upon me by the nature of the work, the demand for a new edition, and my own insufficient leisure in the mean time, have not allowed me to attempt more than a rough outline of the subject, which will, I hope, furnish the young student with a correct general notion of the leading distinctions between the Greek Drama and that of modern Europe: those who wish to prosecute the subject farther will find in the remainder of this collection, and in the works referred to at the end of the Introduction, the sum of nearly all that has been written on the Theatre of the Greeks.

The Extracts from Twining's Aristotle have been replaced by the whole translation. The divisions are those of Bekker's text.

In the Extracts from Bentley I have merely added marginal references to the pages of the original dissertation.

The Selections from Schlegel's Lectures have been revised by the gentleman who translated them for the last edition.

Mr Tate's Treatise on Metres has been more correctly reprinted from the separate work, and I have to thank that eminent scholar for some additions to his syntactical remarks in pp. 493—496. 499. 504, 505. 507.

The passages from Elmsley’s review of Porson's Hecuba have been omitted, as they did not seem likely to serve any important purpose; I have also thought it better .to substitute one judicious paper on each of the three

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tragedians for the collections of questions which appeared at the end of the last edition. I need hardly mention that the Index is new.

My absence from England has prevented me from correcting the press of more than the first few sheets; for the accuracy with which the bulk of the work is printed I am indebted to Mr J. Ind Smith, B. A., of Trinity College.

MUNICH, 2nd August, 1836.

ERRAT A.

PAGE

LINE

ERROR.

1 3

from bottom

4 11 14

Poetry connection aüsserlich hyporchene (Le) luna

Or elementry

17

3 8 22 7 5 1 14 2 3 2 7 6 3 9 5 2 3 10 11 15 5 1

CORRECTION.

opinions
χορεύσυμαι

Iter
See Welcker
Βραυρανίοις

Poetic
connexion
äusserlich
Hyporcheme
(Se) luna

On elementary

opinion
χορεύσομαι

Ilter
See Welcker's Nachtrag

Βραυρωνίοις

from bottom

seems

seem

22 26 36 37 52 54 59 60 61 75 95 116 136 201 448

from bottom

from bottom

κατασκυήν
Phrynicus

ditto
υποοχήματος
conspiritors
Nazranzenus
Pantaguelist

Phalarus
ΑΥΤΟΣΧΕΔΙΑ
Comic Masters

κατασκευήν
Phrynichus

ditto
υπορχήματος
conspirators
Nazianzenus
Pantagruelist

Phalaris ΑΥΤΟΣΧΕΔΙΑ Comic Masks

from bottom

from bottom

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