The progress of Hellenism in Alexander's empire

Paperback | January 31, 2012

byJohn Pentland Mahaffy

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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. 1905. Excerpt: ... LECTURE I XENOPHON THE PRECURSOR OF HELLENISM You have done me a high honour in asking me to speak in this great university. I shall best express my deep gratitude by economising your time and by setting to work at once to teach what I can without further excuse or preamble. The first thing essential is that you and I should understand one another, especially regarding the topic of my discourse. I am not sure that all of you agree with me in the meaning you attach to the word "Hellenism." And no wonder; for if you read_ the immortal Grote, you will find it used by him for the high culture of Athens, and as the substantive corresponding to the adjective "Hellenic." If, on the other hand, you open the great work of Droysen, the History o Hellenism, you will find that it excludes the purest Greek culture, and corresponds to the adjective "Hellenistic." As you may see from the program of my lectures, I intend to use the word in the latter sense, and to speak of that diffusion of Greek speech and culture through Macedonia and the nearer East which, while it expended, the influence, could not but dilute the purity, of Hellenic civilisation. I wish Grote had adopted from the Germans the word "Hellenedom," to correspond with "Hellenic." Then all would have been clear. Or perhaps I should have coined "Hellenicism," to correspond to "Hellenistic." But what chance had I of accomplishing what the Roman emperor despaired of--adding a new word to one's mothertongue? I must therefore be content with repeating that by "Hellenism" I mean that so-called "silver j age" of Greek art and iiteraturewhen they became / cosmopolitan and not parochial; and by "Hellen-/ isjticv'-'-not nnly what-was Greek, but what desired j and assumed to be Greek, from the highest and noblest im...

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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. 1905. Excerpt: ... LECTURE I XENOPHON THE PRECURSOR OF HELLENISM You have done me a high honour in asking me to speak in this great university. I...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:34 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.07 inPublished:January 31, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217635296

ISBN - 13:9780217635295

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