Addresses and Proceedings of the Annual Meeting Volume 26

Addresses and Proceedings of the Annual Meeting Volume 26

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1888 edition. Excerpt: Greece and Rome. Allow me, before leaving this argument, to quote at length from an article recently written in defence of this study. " In no language can an equal number of writers of the very first eminence be brought to bear on the formation of a youthful mind as in Greek. In poetry, history, philosophy, politics, page upon page of the most concentrated force, of the tersest expression, of the richest eloquence, of the nicest and most subtle discriminations, of the widest range and variety, strike successive blows on the imagination, and the thinking faculty of the impressible student; they disclose to him what human nature is capable of; what is waiting to be called forth in the boy's own spirit, the heights which others have reached, the thoughts and feelings he may himself create, --in a word, all the wondrous powers of the human intellect, all the noble emotions of the human soul.... Where can a boy be initiated into so many things, catch so many vistas, acquire, if not a profound, yet a most valuable and most fruitful familiarity with so many provinces of manly thought, as in the study of Homer, Eschylus, and Sophocles, Aristotle and Plato, Herodotus and Thucydides, Aristophanes and Demosthenes? These men have been the founders of civilization; they have hewn out the roads by which nations and individuals have traveled and travel still; the Greek type is the form of the thought of modern Europe; their writings on most vital points are fresh and living for us now, and no more decisive proof can be given of their genius, or their greatness. ' " Homer and Thucydides are wonderful reading for us now, and upon that single truth the issue of this transcendent question might be staked." THE CLASSICS VERSUS more

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  • 189 x 246 x 18mm | 617g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236825659
  • 9781236825650