1 They were first recognised by Welcker: see Rhein. Mus. (1829) pp. 56 ff. It is known from Ar. Ran. 1041 that ‘lion-hearted Teucer’ figured prominently in some work of Aeschylus,—an allusion which can hardly refer to any subordinate part that he may have borne in the “Ὅπλων κρίσις” or the “Θρῇσσαι”. And, except the “Σαλαμίνιαι”, no lost play of Aeschylus is known by name in which Teucer could have been a principal person.
2 Both these passages in the Ajax have a noteworthy emphasis. (1) In the first, vv. 622—634, the Salaminian sailors dwell on Eriboea's grief, which they are merely predicting, at a length, and with a degree of detail, which arrest attention. (2) In vv. 850 f., Ajax, after briefly mentioning both his parents, goes on to speak of the manner in which his mother's sorrow will be manifested. The “Αἰάντεια” of Aeschylus was probably one of his earlier trilogies—written, perhaps, while the new lustre shed on Ajax by the victory at Salamis was still fresh. In that case, the lyric element in the “Σαλαμίνιαι” may have been very large, giving ample scope for “κομμοί” between Eriboea and the Chorus.
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