Dissertations Upon the Epistles of Phalaris, Themistocles, Socrates, Euripides, and the Fables of Aesop

Dissertations Upon the Epistles of Phalaris, Themistocles, Socrates, Euripides, and the Fables of Aesop

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1883 edition. Excerpt: ...due to him from his Scholar: but there's one Particular, that I must not omit; when he tells me, as out of Aristotle, that the Subject of Primitive Tragedy was Satyrical Reproofs of vicious Men and Manners of the times: ) SO that he explains very dextrously, as he thinks, the Expression of Ptialaris, That the Poets wrote Tragedies Against him: for the meaning, he says,2) is this, That they wrote Lampoons, and abusive Satyrical Copies of Verses upon him. But it were well, if this would be a warning to him, when he next pretends to teach others; to consider first, how lately he himself came from School. The words of Aristotle3) that he refers to, are, That Tragedy at first was Hovcvptx; which Mr. B. in his deep Judgment and Reading, interprets Satyre and Lampoon, confounding the Satyrical Plays of the Greeks with the Satire of the Romans: though it's now above a hundred years, since Casaubon4) writ a whole Book on purpose, to shew they had no Similitude nor Affinity with one another. The Greek Satyrica was only a jocose sort of Tragedy, consisting of a Chorus of Satyrs (from which it had its name) that talk'd lasciviously, befitting their character: but they never gave Reproofs to the vicious Men of the Times, their whole Discourse being directed to the Action and Story of the Play, which was Bacchus, or some ancient Hero turn'd a little to ridicule. There's an entire Play of this kind yet extant, The Cyclops of Euripides; but it no more concerns the vicious Men at Athens in the Poet's time, than his Orestes, or his Hecuba does. As for the abusive Poem or Satire of the Romans, it was an Invention of their Own; Satira tota nostra est, says Quintilian,6) Satire is entirely Ours: and if the Greeks had any thing like it, 'twas not the Satyrical Plays of..show more

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  • Paperback | 206 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 11mm | 376g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236574842
  • 9781236574848