chapter  4
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The 'Phoenissae'

The Orestes is an outstanding illustration of the freedom and strength of the Greek genius. Almost at one bound we have passed from a drama which is at least called statuesque to drama whose imaginative tumult rivals anything on the romantic stage; yet this is done with the minimum ofinterference with the traditional forms and with a firmness of control hardly surpassed by Sophocles himself

4-The 'Phoenissae" When Voltaire complained of the paucity of material in a Greek play he was not thinking ofthe Phoenissae, which contains enough to keep any modern dramatist going at full stretch for his five acts. Drama, as was suggested above, consumes material at this rate when the dramatic interest lies in the incidents themselves and not in what the actors think and feel and do in relation to them.