Athens, Acropolis, Goddess, Europe, historical past, mythology, archæology
INTRODUCTORY
MORE maybe than the other nation in Europe, Greece owes its appeal to the traditions of a distant earlier. It has no loss of fantastic surroundings, and there's a lot that's fascinating in its smooth lifestyles; yet what mainly distinguishes it from different international locations is the wealthy and lovely mythology that is mirrored in its poetry, its paintings, and its philosophy, and used to be to a wide volume the foundation of its excellent history.
It aren't anticipated that any try out will be made in those pages to offer an enough account of the inventive and architectural creations which, even of their ruins, shape the manager appeal of the rustic. For specific info on those issues, the reader needs to be left to refer to such guide-books as Baedeker and Murray, or works in particular dedicated to archæology or artwork. the thing of the current author might be attained if he reach delivering a congenial highbrow surroundings for the scenes and gadgets to be provided via the artist. For this goal it will likely be priceless, between different issues, to bear in mind some of the old legends, in addition to the old occasions linked to the areas noted. The heritage can't be understood except the mythology, for the latter is a key to the spiritual religion in addition to to the patriotic sentiment of the nation.
Opinions may possibly fluctuate as to the correct interpretation of the various myths, yet no matter what clarification we should be disposed to provide of them, even if we regard them as allegorical, semi-historical, or simply poetical, they're as a rule choked with human curiosity, they usually have been very pricey to the Greeks because the embodiment in their earliest innovations and adored thoughts. Embalmed of their poetry, consecrated via their temples, and signalised through many different monuments, the Greek mythology shaped for hundreds of years the executive highbrow wealth of the kingdom. even if background and philosophy had started to make their impact felt, the previous tales, dramatised via the tragic poets, nonetheless persevered to fill the mind's eye and to occupy the eye of all periods of the folks. although Plato had plenty to claim opposed to a few of them from a moral perspective, he didn't suggest in his perfect Republic to cast off them altogether, he simply wanted them to be so corrected and purified as to advertise the pursuits of a legitimate morality and an affordable theology.
CONTENTS
Introductory
The Ionian Islands and the “Odyssey”
Delphi and its Oracle
Olympia and its Games
Arcadia and its Aborigines
Sparta and its Discipline
Argolis and its Antiquities
Corinth and its Canal
Athens and its Acropolis
Athens and its Goddess
Athens and Eleusis
Athens and its Democracy
Athens—its Decay and its Revival

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