HAMLET AND ORESTES

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THE BRITISH ACADEMY
THE ANNUAL SHAKESPEARE LECTURE
1914

Hamlet and Orestes
A

Study

in Traditional

Types

By
Gilbert Murray, LL.D., D.Litt.
Regius Professor of Greek in the University of Oxford
Fellow of the

Academy

New York
Oxford University Press American Branch
35 West 32nd Street

London

:

Humphrey Milford

THE BRITISH ACADEMY
THE ANNUAL SHAKESPEARE LECTURE
1914

Hamlet and Orestes
A

Study

in Traditional

Types

By
Gilbert Murray, LL.D., D.Litt.
Regius Professor of Greek in the University of Oxford
Fellow of the Academy

New York
Oxford University Press American Branch
35 West 32nd Street

London

:

Humphrey Milford

Copyright in the United States of America

by the Oxford University Press
American Branch

1914

CU387143

OCT 22 1914

ANNUAL SHAKESPEARE LECTURE,

1914

HAMLET AND ORESTES
A STUDY IN TRADITIONAL TYPES
By Gilbert Murray, LL.D.,

D.Litt.

FELLOW OF THE ACADEMY

Ladies and Gentlemen,
I am no Shakespearian scholar its and

if

I have ventured, at the

to accept the perilous honour of deliv-

Academy,
Annual Shakespeare Lecture

invitation of the

ering

;

in succession to lecturers,

whose authority on this subject is far greater than mine, it is for a definite reason. In studying the general development of Tragedy, Greek, English, French and
Mediaeval Latin, I have found myself haunted by a curious problem, difficult to state in exact terms and perhaps impossible to answer, which I should much like to lay before an audience such as this. It concerns the interaction of two elements in Literature, and especially in Drama, which is a very primitive and instinctive kind of literature I mean the two elements of tradition and invention, or the unconscious and the conscious. The problem has been raised in three quite recent discussions: I mention them in chronological order. My own note on the Ritual Forms in Greeh

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