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AN ORIGINAL TRI ris ON THE PRINCIPAL

TRAGIC AND COMIC METRES.

SECOND EDITION.

CAMBRIDGE:
PUBLISHED BY W. P. GRANT;

AND SOLD BY R. PRIESTLEY, LONDON.

1827

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PREFACE.

The Greek Theatre owes its origin to the Rev. P. W. Buckham of St. John's College, Cambridge. That gentleman first suggested the idea, and afterwards executed the work, as it appeared in the first edition. The utility of such a compilation was shown by its rapid sale. Within a year a new impression was required; when the present Editor was induced to undertake the revision of the book. At the time, he had no intention of doing any thing beyond making a few slight corrections and additions ; but, upon a closer inspection, much more than had been anticipated was found to demand alteration and amendment. The work, as it came into his hands, consisted chiefly of extracts from standard authors, with about fifty pages of original compilation. The extracts have for the most part been retained. They were excellent, and reflected much credit upon the judgment of the selector ; but, owing to the disadvantages under which he had laboured, they had

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gular manner. In the present edition this fault has, to a certain degree at least, been remedied. The work is now divided into two parts: the first of which relates to the history and representation of the Grecian Drama ; the second to its internal economy, its nature, and its criticism. The subdivisions again of each part have been arranged with the same regard to order.

The original matter, with the exception of some notes * attached to the extracts from Aristotle's Poetics, has been entirely omitted, and replaced by a series of chapters from the pen of the present Editor. In the two first he has endeavoured to fill up a deficiency, which was complained of in the former edition, by giving a connected sketch of the origin and history of the Grecian Drama ; to which is appended a chronological table of its writers and contemporary events. The third chapter contains a description of the Dramatic Contests, the Theatre, Audience, Actors, and Chorus. In these chapters it has been the Editor's aim to present a clear and unbroken statement in the text, whilst the authorities on which that statement is founded, and all discussions respecting its doubtful points, have been placed, in the shape of notes, at the foot of the page.

* Marked F. E. (former Editor).

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