By E. R. Dodds
Those essays characterize the total diversity of Dodds' literary and philosophical pursuits, and his skill to mix profound scholarship with the lucid humanity of a instructor confident of the price of Greek stories to the trendy international.
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Nor is that surprising, for the difficulties of his theory are many and, I think, insuperable. I shall not spend time on listing them all. Perhaps it is enough to say that, apart from the unlikelihood of the sort of confusion Schmid postulates, the Vinctus was clearly meant to have a sequel (as its numerous loose ends and unfulfilled prophecies show) and trilogies were out of fashion in the 'forties; that the supposed links with the sophistic movement vanish on closer inspection ;1 and finally, that Oceanus and Danaus, Io's madness and Cassandra's, the geographical lecture in the Vinctus and the geographical digressions in the Supplices and the Agamemnon, are unmistakably creations of the same mind.
Ill b Suppl. ii, p. a~-tTTPot, 'mud'. I am not sure on what this judgement is based. If it means that Aeschylus could not entertain an undemocratic sentiment, it begs the question under discussion. If it means that in 458 he could not risk expressing an unpopular opinion, I should reply that in the Persae he had taken at least as grave a risk : in 4 72, when Themistocles, if not already ostracized, had certainly fallen from popular favour, it was surely an act of moral courage to recall so frankly his services to Greece.
According to the Suda, a number of 1 [I have quoted only a sample of the evidence. For the most complete statement and discussion of it see now C. J. ] 3 [This hypothesis still has its defenders, but see the objections of P. ] + Cf. F. Focke, Hermes, 65 (I93o), 259 ff. 6 Proc. Camb. Philol. Soc. I 938. s Stasimon, I 26 ff. 1 The Prometheus Vinctus and Aeschylus' plays were not performed in his lifetime but were staged posthumously by his son Euphorion (who also wrote plays of his own). Robertson suggested that the P.
Ancient Concept of Progress and Other Essays on Greek Literature and Belief by E. R. Dodds