Athens and Its Monuments (Google eBook)

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Macmillan, 1913 - Athens (Greece) - 412 pages
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Page 377 - Colonus, glistening bright, Where evermore, in thickets freshly green, The clear-voiced nightingale Still haunts, and pours her song, By purpling ivy hid, And the thick leafage sacred to the god, With all its myriad fruits, By mortal's foot untouched, By sun's hot ray unscathed, Sheltered from every blast; There wanders Dionysos evermore, In full, wild revelry, And waits upon the Nymphs who nursed his youth.
Page 302 - Idols," as the Parthenon was called, " and to mould the ornamental sculpture and visible figures thereon in plaster and gypsum," but " to take away any pieces of stone with old inscriptions or figures thereon ;" a specific permission being added, to excavate in a particular place.
Page 98 - Paul's incrusted with porphyry and verde antique, and the ceiling and dome glittering with mosaics and gold. " The Demosthenes is very noble. There can be no doubt about the face of Demosthenes. There are two busts of him in the Vatican, besides this statue. They are all exactly alike, being distinguished by the strong projection of the upper lip. The face is lean, wrinkled, and haggard ; the expression singularly stern and intense. You see that he was no trifler, no jester, no voluptuary ; but a...
Page 377 - Still haunts, and pours her song, By purpling ivy hid, And the thick leafage sacred to the God, With all its myriad fruits, By mortal's foot untouched, By sun's hot ray unscathed, Sheltered from every blast; There wanders Dionysus evermore, In full, wild revelry, And waits upon the nymphs who nursed his youth.
Page 391 - ... to be left in the walls between the joints of the stones, the number and situation of these air-holes being left to the discretion of the architect. Such was, in outline, the great arsenal of the Piraeus. Thither on hot summer days, we may suppose, crowds were glad to escape from the dust and glare of the streets and to promenade in the cool, lofty, and dimly-lighted arcade, often stopping to gaze with idle curiosity or patriotic pride at the long array of well-ordered tackle which spoke of the...
Page 293 - Medusa is worked in ivory. She holds a statue of Victory about four cubits high, and in the other hand a spear; at her feet lies a shield and near the spear is a serpent.
Page 309 - To return to the early colonists. Of their history previous to the end of the seventh or the beginning of the sixth century BC, nothing positive is known.
Page 334 - For a time they live with the goddess, but when the festival comes round they perform at night the following rites. Having placed on their heads what the priestess of Athena gives them to carry neither she who gives nor they who carry have any knowledge what it is the maidens descend by the natural underground passage that goes across to the adjacent precinct within the city of Aphrodite in the Gardens.
Page 351 - O Athens, what thy cliff hath seen ! The northward scar, Pan's cavern-seat, With rocks before and grassy floor, Where dancing tread the Aglaurids' feet Their triple measure on the green Neath Pallas' fane, Whene'er the god in his retreat Times on the reed a quavering strain : O Athens, what thy cliff hath seen ! It saw the ravished maiden's pang, The babe she bare to Phoebus there Cast to the talon and the fang, There, on the same insulting scene ! Of any born 'Twixt god and man none ever sang, None...
Page 291 - ... if he had modelled the thing in clay first,) would have lost himself in laborious imitation of hair, the Greek has struck the tresses out with angular incisions, deep driven, every one in appointed place and deliberate curve, yet flowing so free under his noble hand that you cannot alter, 'vithout harm, the bending of any single ridge, nor contract, nor extend, a point of them.

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