Picturesque Sketches Of Greece And Turkey (volume 1)

Paperback | February 7, 2012

byAubrey De Vere

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1850 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER III. THE ACROPOLIS OF ATHENS. Relation of the Acropolis to Athens--Dimensions of the Acropolis--The Walls of Themistocles--The Propylea--The Temple of "Victory without Wings"--The Parthenon--The Panathenaic Procession--Fragmentary Sculpture. You will easily believe that my first visit at Athens, was to the Acropolis. As Athens was the intellectual centre, and remains to this day the great exponent of Greece, so was the Acropolis, crowned with its votive temples and commemorative sculptures, the high imaginative embodiment of Athens itself. It was Athens idealised; exhibited as it lived in the imagination of an Athenian, and as it has survived in the heart of the world. Whatever existed in the city below stood revealed in a more glorious unity, and free from all encumbering pettiness of detail, in the city above. There Art was represented by the noblest works of Phidias. There war was represented by the defensive Propylea, the Minerva Promachos, and the golden shields with which (the offerings of successive conquerors returning from many a well-fought field) the eastern end of the Parthenon was adorned. There commerce was represented in the sacred Treasury, included within the walls of the Parthenon. There the most sacred traditions and religious affections were represented; for there, amid other memorials, was the olive-tree which rose out of the earth at the command of Minerva, when she contended in rivalship with Neptune;--the mystic plant, parent of every tree that supplied the home of each Athenian with its frugal repast, or lighted the lamp beside his hearth. It was thus that everything great and noble at Athens found a representative in the aerial city that crowned the Acropolis: but on that sacred height there was no demagogue feeding the peo...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1850 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER III. THE ACROPOLIS OF ATHENS. Relation of the Acropolis to Athens--Dimensions of the Acropolis--The Walls of Themistocle...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:54 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.11 inPublished:February 7, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217248357

ISBN - 13:9780217248358

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