Greece: pictorial, descriptive, and historical

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W. S. Orr and co., 1853 - Art, Greek - 458 pages
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Page 88 - Look once more ere we leave this specular mount Westward, much nearer by south-west, behold Where on the ^Egean shore a city stands Built nobly, pure the air, and light the soil ; Athens, the eye of Greece, mother of arts And eloquence...
Page 88 - And eloquence, native to famous wits Or hospitable, in her sweet recess, City or suburban, studious walks and shades. See there the olive grove of Academe, Plato's retirement, where the Attic bird Trills her thick-warbled notes the summer long ; There flowery hill Hymettus with the sound Of bees' industrious murmur oft invites To studious musing ; there Ilissus rolls His whispering stream.
Page 162 - Ivy : the Greeks highly esteemed the ivy. It was consecrated to Apollo, and Bacchus had his brows and spear decked with it ; Miltiades, the Greek general who commanded the Athenians at the battle of Marathon; Marathon day: "The victory of Marathon preserved the liberties of Greece, and perhaps of Europe, from the dominion of Persia ; was fought in the month of September, BC 490
Page 235 - Well have we speeded, and o'er hill and dale, Forest and field and flood, temples and towers, Cut shorter...
Page 197 - ... thirty feet in height, and support a noble pediment. From this portico two wings project about thirty feet to the west, each having three columns on the side nearest the portico in the centre. The architectural mouldings of the fabric glitter in the sun with brilliant tints of red and blue: in the centre, the coffers of its soffits are spangled with stars, and the ante of the wings are fringed with an azure embroidery of ivy leaf.
Page 389 - Alpheus for about a mile, till we arrive at a ridge which falls downward to the east, and pursuing this ridge, which runs to the north, till we come to Mount Cronius, from which it descends, we have made SS: 390 OLYMI'IA.
Page 190 - ... still visible upon them. They should not have afforded materials merely for his compass or his pencil, but for his affections and for his religion. " This, we gladly confess, is not our case. We commence our description of this city with avowing the fact, that it is impossible at this time to convey, or entertain an idea of Athens such as it appeared of old to the eyes of one of its inhabitants. But there is another point of view from which we love to contemplate it — one which supplies us...
Page 351 - Thamus ! who, giving ear to the cry, was bidden (for he was pilot of the ship), when he came near to Pelodes " (the Bay of Butrinto) " to tell that the great god Pan was dead ; which he doubting to do, yet for that when he came to Pelodes there was such a calm of wind that the ship stood still in...
Page 394 - Greek continent and peninsula to behold the contests and to applaud the conqueror ; the lyric songs of poets ; the garlands showered upon his head by the hands of friends, of strangers, and of Greece herself; the statue erected to him in the precincts of the consecrated grove, by the side of princes, of heroes, and of gods ; the very rareness of the celebration, and the glories of the season of the year at which it took place, when all the charms of summer were poured upon the earth by day, and the...

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