It has been the fortune of the Trachiniae to provoke
Divergent views of the Trachiniae. Difficulty of judging it rightly.
The Heracles myth.— Argive legends.
1 Dissen, Kleine Schriften, p. 343; Bergk, De Sophoclis Arte, p. 26.
2 Bernhardy, Gk Lit. II. pt ii. p. 375: “‘ein mit mässiger Kunst angelegtes und matt durchgeführtes Werk aus spätem Lebensalter.’”
3 A. W. Schlegel, Lect. VII. All that he says of the Trachiniae is contained in one short paragraph, and the grounds of the condemnation are indicated only in vague terms. ‘There is much both in the structure and plan, and in the style of the piece, calculated to excite suspicion.’ ‘Many critics have remarked that the introductory soliloquy of Deianeira, which is wholly uncalled-for, is very unlike the general character of Sophocles' prologues.’ ‘Although this poet's usual rules of art are observed on the whole, yet it is very superficially; nowhere can we discern in it the profound mind of Sophocles.’ With regard to the prologue—the only passage which Schlegel specifies—some remarks will be found below, § 22.
5 A. L. W. Jacob, Sophocleae quaestiones, vol. I. p. 260 (1821).
6 G. Hermann, Preface to the Trachiniae, p. vi: “‘Ego quidem, quomodo qui Sophoclem cognitum habeat, an genuina sit haec fabula dubitare possit, non video. Nam quae duae res in poesi maxime produnt a quo quid scriptum sit, ingenium poesis et dictio, eae ita sunt in hac fabula eaedem atque in ceteris, ut miraturus sim, si quis proferat aliquid, quod alienum ab Sophocle iudicari debeat.’”
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