The Classical World Volume 10

The Classical World Volume 10

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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. 1917 edition. Excerpt: ...riches of the storehouse, before graduation and the pressure of worldy affairs shut them from further exploration in this delightful field. Some bit of linguistic training we may, however, claim as the result of any Greek course. We may claim also some solid addition to our stock of historical and mythological information, and the ability to thrill responsively to allusions in other literatures to these great tales of the past. I vividly remember the aesthetic joy I deIived even from the very crude production some years ago of Stephen Phillips's Ulysses--eepecially in the scene in Hades when a mysterious shade approaches the much-enduring hero, who greets it in awe-struck tones, "Oh, mighty Agamemnon!" What a wealth of poetry, of tragedy, of the imagination of centuries, glowed about the sound of that great name! How all that rich association suddenly lifted the scene for me to thrilling heights! The comparative blankness of mind which results from lack of such connotations was impressed upon me a few years ago--before the play became so fashionable--when I was reading to a group of students passages from Gilbert Murray's translation of The Trojan Women, and one interested girl inquired earnestly, "Who-was Hecuba?" How comparatively little the poetry could mean to her! Another function of College Greek is, I believe, to arouse in the students's minds the sense of the romance of archaeology, of the journeys which it has made pos-' sible into the long dead but stillvital past. It is strange how many people look upon archaeology as a dull and musty pursuit. They have never thrilled to the story of Schliemann's life, or of the recent work in Crete which has made old myths seem concrete historical realities and more

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  • Paperback | 212 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 11mm | 386g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236877233
  • 9781236877239