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ART. Ι.-ΑΙΣΧΥΛΟΥ ΠΡΟΜΗΘΕΥΣ ΔΕΣΜΩΤΗΣ. Εs
chyli Prometheus Vinctus, ad fidem Manuscriptorum emendavit, notas et glossarium adjecit Carolus Jacobus Blomfield, A. B. Collegii SS Trinitatis apud Cantabrigienses Socius. Cantabrigiæ. Typis ac Sumptibus Academicis MDCCCX. 8vo.
THE readers of Æschylus have a fourfold obligation to the scholars of the present day. We may be permitted to include Porson, whose relics are not yet edited, in the quartette.
To Pcrson, then, they are primarily indebted for the earliest appearance of the text of Æschylys printed with any tolerable purity. It is indeed well known and sincerely deplored, that the two volumes which stand on our shelves lettered ESCHYLUS PORSONI, are little less than an unblushing counterfeit and imposture. The disagreement which deprived the Glasgow printers of the assistance of the intended editor, is universally regretted: still, howa ever, enough remains of the Porsonian band even in these volumes, and more will accrue from scattered fragments of criticism in his relics, to equal, if not to surpass, all the body of unmeaning comment on Æschylus which preceded his chance conjecture or more mature research.
Dr. Burney has, in the second place, applied the accumulated labour of many years to the elucidation of the choric metres of the earliest dramatic bard. Difficulties, apparently insurmountable, have impeded, but not checked bis zeal. To a thorough knowledge of his subject, collected from long experience and a minute acquaintance
Crit. Rev. Vol. 1, January, 1812. B