The Crayon Volume 5

The Crayon Volume 5

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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. 1858 edition. Excerpt: ...more than any other Grecian monument, a remarkable combination-of character in its different pieces of statuary, and the most irreproachable beauty in its architectural features. Let fancy bring before our eyes the period when the Acropolis, the great sanctuary of the protectress of Athens, Athena, stood in full splendor, with its temples and monuments soaring above the mighty city at its feet. Let us view it at the time of the great festival of the goddess Panathencea, which was celebrated every fourth year with great magnificence, when the chariot-races and the gymnastic games, and the musical contests, during which accomplished youths and men indulged for three days in the most remarkable exhibitions of physical and mental vigor, had just been brought to a close. The prizes, consisting of wreaths of olive branches, and of beautiful vases of ciay, filled with oil of the sacred olive trees, are distributed by the umpires among the victors, and all are r-ady for the pageant of the fourth day, the sacred festival procession, the solemn closing scene of the PauathenaBa. The glories and the splendors of the festival, the vigor and the beauty of youth, the fine arts, the diguity and power of the state, were now all dedicated to the service of the goddess, who had created the prosperity of the city, who, in fact, had caused it to become a Hellas in Hellas. The most noble maidens in the land had, with their own hands, skillfully prepared the P.-plii-, or sacred garment of the goddess, which was now to be carried in triumph to the Acropolis. This work was superintended by priestesses; under their eyes had the daughters of Athens embroidered upon the scarlet"ground of the robe with graceful ingenuity, the achievements of the goddess, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 412 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 21mm | 730g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236653572
  • 9781236653574