The part of Teucer
His scenes with the Atreidae.
Modern criticism on this part of the play.
The test of performance.
1 Vv. 1006—1020. The reference here to the subject of the poet's “Τεῦκρος” is like that in the Oedipus Coloneus (1410 n.) to his Antigone, and that in the Philoctetes (1437 ff.) to his “Φιλοκτήτης ἐν Τροίᾳ”.
2 V. 1163.
3 It is to Menelaüs that the Andromachè of Euripides addresses her invective against Sparta ( Andr. 445 ff.).—Welcker (Rhein. Mus. for 1829, pt. iii. pp. 258 ff.) finds allusions in this part of the play to contemporary relations between Athens and Sparta (Menelaüs), and between Athens and Argos (Agamemnon): but I cannot think that the poet intended this.
4 See on v. 1350, “τόν τοι τύραννον εὐσεβεῖν οὐ ῥᾴδιον”. There is a somewhat similar utterance of Agamemnon in a fragment of the Polyxena (fr. 481 Nauck), where he is perplexed by conflicting demands upon him.
5 See above, p. xx, n. 5.
6 Especially vv. 1142—1158.
7 Gr. Lit. vol. III. p. 381. Cp. Bernhardy, Gr. Lit. pt. II. sect. ii. p. 366.
8 The Ajax was performed at Cambridge, by members of the University, in 1882. No result of that experiment was more striking than the decisive proof which it afforded that the Ajax, as a whole, is a thoroughly effective play for the stage, and that its power of holding an audience is not diminished by the death of the hero at a comparatively early moment in the action.
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