chapter  2
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The 'Supplices' and Pre-Aeschylean Tragedy

Neither about the form nor about the essential spirit of preAeschylean drama have we any direct evidence.' We know that it was enacted by one actor and chorus.P but this does not take us.

in some lost trilogies of which the Prometheia is a possible example, in the development of character." but it did gradually reveal an already developed character. Aeschylus does this simply but very powerfully with his chorus here. The Danaids are partly Greek, partly barbarian; their reliance on Zeus emphasizes the one strain, their violence the other. The first long choric movement closes very dramatically with the emergence of the barbarian strain, and sets up a contrast which Aeschylus usesrepeatedly, like some powerful and unifying basic rhythm. Sophocles never did this either; Aeschylus scarcely again. We shall see later why not.