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ACHAEUS

The following essay was originally published in Manual of Greek Literature from the Earliest Authentic Periods to the Close of the Byzantine Era. Charles Anthon. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1853. p. 195.

ACHAEUS, of Eretria, in Eubœa, was born B.C. 484, the year in which Aeschylus gained his first victory, and four years before the birth of Euripides. in B.C. 447, he contended with Sophocles and Euripides, and though he subsequently brought out many dramas, according to some as many as thirty or forty, he nevertheless only gained the prize once. The fragments of Achæus contain much strange mythology, and his expressions were often forced and obscure. Still, in the satyrical drama, he must have possessed considerable merit, for in this department some ancient critics thought him inferior only to Aeschylus. The titles of seven of his satyrical dramas and ten of his tragedies are still known.... This Achaeus must not be confounded with a later tragic writer of the same name, a native of Syracuse, who, according to Suidas and Phavorinus, wrote ten, but, according to Eudocia, fourteen tragedies.

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