A Critical History of the Language and Literature of Antient Greece Volume 3

A Critical History of the Language and Literature of Antient Greece Volume 3

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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. 1850 edition. Excerpt: ...of the mar-Stasioticatial or satirical orders appear to have been included, the collective works of Alcaeus comprised hymns, love sonnets (Erotica), and Symposiaca, or convivial songs. The collection was divided by the later grammarians into books2, on what precise principle does not appear; nor has the precise number of such divisions been specified; but ten books are incidentally cited. The most esteemed part of the collection were the Stasiotica, as well, it may be presumed, from the greater importance of their subject, as from their affording a more effective medium for those vivid displays of individual passion and feeling which form the zest of all genuine lyric poetry. Quintilian3, accordingly, speaks of them in high terms of commendation, passing over the remainder of the collection with comparative indifference; and stigmatises the author for having bestowed so great. a portion of his time and talents, destined by nature for nobler themes, on love ditties and other inferior subjects. To Chalcidian blades enow, and belts are here, Greaves and emblazoned shields; Well tried protectors from the hostile spear, On other battle fields. With these good helps onr work of war's begun, With these our victory must be won. Of the fire and spirit of his martial poetry this passage, with others in the collection, can leave no room for doubt, whatever may have been the case with the author's own military conduct. Some of the laconic apophthegms in which he inculcates military duty are also singularly terse and pointed. In one passage1, paraphrased by iEschylus, he tells us that " the device of a warrior's shield inflicts no " wound;" and in another2, also imitated by iEschylus, and cited or celebrated by various distinguished classics...show more

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  • Paperback | 156 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 290g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236561139
  • 9781236561138