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Aeschylus  : Prometheus

Byron to John Murray, 12 October 1817: 'Of the Prometheus of AEschylus I was passionately fond as a boy - (it was one of the Greek plays we read thrice a year at Harrow) ...'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: George Gordon Lord Byron      Print: Book


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" ... it was whilst at a frivolous, rote-learning girls' school that ... [Frances Power Cobbe] developed her determined, methodical aproach [to reading] ... She read all the Faerie Queene, all of Milton's poetry, the Divina Commedia and Gerusalemme Liberata in the originals, and in translation the Iliad, Odyssey, Aeneid, Pharsalia, and ... [nearly all] of Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripedes, Ovid, Tacitus, Xenophon, Herodotus and Thucydides."

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Frances Power Cobbe      Print: Book


Aeschylus  : Prometheus Vinctus


Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Samuel Taylor Coleridge      Print: Book


Aeschylus  : Agamemnon


Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Samuel Taylor Coleridge      Print: Book


Aeschylus  : plays

Elizabeth Barrett to Hugh Stuart Boyd, 5 March 1842: 'I had two volumes of Euripedes [sic] with me in Devonshire -- & have read him as well as Aeschylus & Sophocles [...] both before & since I went there. You know I have gone through every line of the three tragedians, long ago, in the way of regular, consecutive reading. 'You know also that I had at different times read different dialogues of Plato: but when three years ago, & a few months previous to my leaving home, I became possessed of a complete edition of his works edited by Bekker, why then I began with the first volume & went through the whole of his writings [...] one after another, -- & have at this time read all that is properly attributed to Plato, but even those dialogues & epistles which pass falsely under his name, -- everything except two books I think, or three, of that treatise "De legibus" which I shall finish in a week or two'.

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Elizabeth Barrett      Print: Book


Aeschylus  : Prometheus Bound

'R[obert] B[rowning] wrote seven and a half pages of comments about E[lizabeth] B[arrett] B[arrett]'s revised translation [of Aeschylus' Prometheus Bound], and ended with these remarks: "And so it is all magnificently rendered. The above attempts at notifcation are the merest stoppings for a moment where I did not know my old path thro' the text again [...] take my true praise and congratulations."'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Robert Browning      Manuscript: Unknown


Aeschylus  : Agamemnon

'"The flowing beauty of his oral translations in class, whether of Thucydides, Plato, or Virgil was," one of his peers recalled, "a thing not easily to be forgotten." He "startled everyone", too, "in the classical medal examination, by walking easily away from us all in the viva voce on [Aeschylus's] 'Agamemnon'".'

Century: 1850-1899     Reader/Listener/Group: Oscar Wilde      Print: Book


Aeschylus  : Agamemnon

‘Have you seen any reviews of Maeterlinck’s latest book, and if so, what do you think of the ideas it sets forth? There was a glorious piece of writing in last week’s "Observer"—a review of GKC of Masefield’s "Gallipoli". Also a hopeless piece of precious pedantry by Alice Meynell … Miss Scott has introduced me to Aeschylus, of whom I will say that "Agamemnon" and "Prometheus Bound" are very great works, and of Blackie the translator that he had something like genius [Lyrical Dramas of Aeschylus, Everyman ed., 1906]. The stars are glorious now, but this land is lowlying and misty.’

Century: 1900-1945     Reader/Listener/Group: Ivor Bertie Gurney      Print: Book


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