Ancient Athens; Its History, Topography, and Remains

Ancient Athens; Its History, Topography, and Remains

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1873 edition. Excerpt: ...partera."--Spart. Adrian, . 20. for February, 18G2, p. 34. 2 These inscriptions have been frequent-3 Strab. ix. p. 392; Plut. Thes. 25. ly published, and will be found in Wheler 'Itinerary, p. 40. (but imperfect), in Stuart, and in Boeckh, vol. i. p. 516. The archway of this gate, about twenty feet wide, is situated between square piers, each about fifteen feet broad, making in all a breadth of about fifty feet, with a height of about thirty-four feet to the top of the cornice. Before each pier stood two Corinthian columns on lofty bases; at each end are composite pilasters, and the arch springs from two shorter pilasters of the same order. Above is an attic about twenty feet in height, consisting of four Corinthian columns, with a pediment over the two middle ones. Both sides of the arch are similar. A full description of it, with a view and plans, will be found in Stuart's 'Antiquities of Athens.'1 The lowness of the arch, in comparison with its width, gives the structure a mean and heavy appearance; and it must have contrasted very unfavourably with the magnificent temple to which it led, when the temple was in a perfect state. Pausanias now arrives at the Oltmpium;2 but though this was one of the most magnificent temples in the world, his description of it is very meagre and unsatisfactory. We will first of all say a few more words about its history. That there was at this spot a very ancient temple of Zeus, which tradition carried up to the fabulous times of Deucalion, formed a part of the Athenian creed; and in proof of Deucalion's residence at Athens, they appealed to his tomb, which lay not far from the temple.3 But as we have already observed, the Pisistratids were the founders of the magnificent temple by which it was...
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