The Burton Holmes Lectures Volume 3

The Burton Holmes Lectures Volume 3

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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. 1905 edition. Excerpt: to him is our cook, a rather soiled and seedy personage, Gregorio by name (whose culinary skill atoned for his unkempt appearance), and in addition to the dragoman and the cook and eight sturdy mules and ponies, we have in our train I', five Spartan guides called .," ./lg'0y(1/vs." They are the owners of the animals, and their services are included in the daily pittance paid for the use of mule or pony. For I I I " 164 GRECIAN JOURNEYS I many days these agoyates are to follow and serve us, scrambling after us on foot over rocky roads, from ten to twenty miles a day. Before we set out across the mountains with these modern Spartans, let us look upon the land in which they dwell, the Vale of Sparta. To the westward rises the splendid mountain range of old Taygetus, its highest peak almost eight thousand feet above the sea, its slopes still flecked with snow. Taygetus forms indeed a picture of Spartan ruggedness; but what of the land itself? Its fertility and beauty dispel a historic illusion. We have been taught to think of the Spartans as a race of sturdy mountaineers, inhabiting a barren alpine region, was mistress; then again it was the Turks, until in 1821. when the cry of independence was raised in Greece, news came to Mistra of the sack of Kalamata. Whereupon the Turkish population fled hence in terror. Ever since a curse has been upon the town; an earthquake cracked its walls and laid low its structures, and Mistra is doomed to everlasting neglect and ultimate annihilation by the elements. The walls are crumbling away, so that we scarce can say where the natural rock ceases and where the masonry of man begins; all is merged in a confusing mass of grayish desolation. Mistra, apparently, is fading into the more

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  • Paperback | 34 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 82g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123686686X
  • 9781236866868