The Silver Age Of The Greek World

Paperback | May 12, 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. 1906 Excerpt: ...another quasiextinct volcano at Ischia, which may presently cause a similar tragedy. But it would be a great mistake to compare a second-rate town in the first century with a secondrate town in modern Italy. Though Pompeii was no doubt vastly inferior to Naples and Puteoli, the elegance and wealth of some of the houses show that people of large means and high culture resided there. The interior of several of these dwellings would satisfy the most fastidious modern magnate in everything but the size of the rooms. All this elegance was in design, and probably in execution, Greek work. The researches of Helbig have established what he calls an Osco-Roman character in some of the rudest and worst of the paintings, but all the subjects of the better class are from Greek mythology, unless it be that Alexandrian habits have suggested a few Egyptian subjects,2 which seem to hold the place in this 1 Cf. Th. Schreiber in Ath. Mitth., Vol. X, p. 399. 8 The temple of Isis, of which considerable portions still remain, and which was decorated throughout with Egyptian figures or in epoch that Japanese designs have assumed in western decoration. On the other hand, the decoration of their walls was not genuine Greek work, but surface imitation. The whole new town was a town of stucco. Overbeck has well explained1 that, though the use of stucco to cover rough stone surfaces for the purpose of painting them is quite legitimate, and commonly found in the best Greek architecture, the enlargement of this use into the imitation of stone forms, such as architraves, mouldings, etc., thus adding sham members to the real structure, is a proof of decaying taste. This no doubt is true, though both the Saracens in their mosques and the Renaissance decorators in their ceilings have produ...

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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. 1906 Excerpt: ...another quasiextinct volcano at Ischia, which may presently cause a similar tragedy. But it would be a great mistake to compare ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:148 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.32 inPublished:May 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217642071

ISBN - 13:9780217642071

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