The Mirage of Two Buried Cities

Paperback | February 7, 2012

byJohn Fletcher Horne

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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.1900 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VII. THE LITERATURE AND ART OF THE POMPEIANS. "Whatever the skill of any country may be in the sciences, it is from its excellence in polite learning that it must expect a character from posterity."--Goldsmith. T ITERATURE is the best utterance of the mind of a people, an J j utterance which finds its highest embodiment in deeds set forth by the historian. It has been suggested that great literatures, like great rivers, seldom derive their origin from a single source, but rather from many tiny rivulets, or ooze from the soil in a multitude of imperceptible springs. In no literature is this axiom better exemplified than the Roman. At a very early period the Romans possessed a literature of their own. No nation perhaps was ever so rich in ballad poetry or had more completely woven into verse the whole circle of its ancient traditions. The rhythm indeed was rugged and the strain homely, but the subject was rendered clear by its appeal to family associations. Early in the first century commenced the adaptation of Greek metres to the Latin tongue. The seduction of the most harmonious, flexible, and copious of languages proved irresistible, and in the common intercourse of life Greek became a fashionable vehicle of expression. The general diffusion of literary taste among the nobility enlarged the circle of their interest and refined their sentiments. From their early youth they were instructed in eloquence as an art, they were taught to address the people in their own language, and this tended to make the political orator observe the rules of rhetoric, while retaining a pure and idiomatic Latin style; but in private life the taste for Greek rhetoric was not to be repressed. Yet it was long before it affected the freshness of thought, the purity of taste,...

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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.1900 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VII. THE LITERATURE AND ART OF THE POMPEIANS. "Whatever the skill of any country may be in the sciences, it is from its ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:120 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.25 inPublished:February 7, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217357091

ISBN - 13:9780217357098

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