History of the Literature of Ancient Greece: To the Period of Isocrates

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Robert Baldwin, 1847 - 530 pagine

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Pagina 19 - Thammuz came next behind, Whose annual wound in Lebanon allured The Syrian damsels to lament his fate In amorous ditties, all a summer's day ; While smooth Adonis from his native rock Ran purple to the sea, supposed with blood Of Thammuz yearly wounded...
Pagina 225 - Neither by sea nor by land canst thou find the way to the Hyperboreans," the history of Perseus' visit to that fabulous people. But even in such cases as these, it will be found, on close examination, that the fable belongs to the subject. Indeed, it may be observed generally of those Greek writers who aimed at the production of works of art, whether in prose or in poetry, that they often conceal their real purpose, and affect to leave in vague uncertainty that which had been composed studiously...
Pagina 244 - Fire lives the death of earth, and air lives the death of fire ; water lives the death of air, earth that of water.
Pagina 465 - The formation of an artificial prose style is due entirely to the Sophists, and although they did not at first proceed according to a right method, they may be considered as having laid a foundation for the polished diction of Plato and Demosthenes.
Pagina 221 - Or it might be deferred until after the victor's solemn return to his native city, where it was sometimes repeated, in following years, in commemoration of his success. A celebration of this kind always had a religious character, it often began with a procession to an altar or temple, in the place of the games or in the native city ; a sacrifice, followed by a banquet, was then offered at the temple, or in the house of the victor ; and the whole solemnity concluded with the merry and boisterous revel...
Pagina 26 - Eleusinian mysteries), together with the composition of hymns and songs for its initiations (rcXfral), was the earliest function ascribed to him. Nevertheless, under the influence of various causes, the fame of Orpheus grew so much, that he was considered as the first minstrel of the heroic age, was made the companion of the Argonauts*, and the marvels which music and poetry wrought on a rude and simple generation were chiefly described under his name. iii. Singers and musicians, who belonged to...
Pagina 262 - I write these things as they seem to me to be true ; for the stories of the Greeks are many and ridiculous, as it seems to me.
Pagina 231 - Herod., ii. 81) were annexed, was the Chthonian deity Dionysus Zagreus, closely connected with Demeter and Cora, who was the personified expression, not only of the most rapturous pleasure, but also of a deep sorrow for the miseries of human life.
Pagina 222 - ... expressions denoting movement, and which yet have epodes. It is possible that the epodes in the latter odes may have been sung at certain intervals when the procession was not advancing ; for an epode, according to the statements of the ancients, always required that the chorus should be at rest. But by far the greater number of the odes of Pindar were sung at the Comus, at the jovial termination of the feast; and hence Pindar himself more frequently names his odes from the Comus than from the...
Pagina 227 - ... soon dropped for a fresh one ; and at the end of the ode he gathers up all these different threads, and weaves them together into one web, in which the general idea predominates. By reserving the explanation of his allusions until the end, Pindar contrives that his odes should consist of parts which are not complete or intelligible in themselves ; and thus the curiosity of the reader is kept on the stretch throughout the entire ode.

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