Exercises for Ladies; Calculated to Preserve and Improve Beauty

Exercises for Ladies; Calculated to Preserve and Improve Beauty

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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. 1836 edition. Excerpt: ...hold of an end. The others (and the file or row usually is not a short one) pass and repass successively under the riband. At first, they go rather slowly in a round, after which the conductress, having made a number-of turnings and windings, rolls the circle round her. The art of this female dancer is to extricate herself from the maze, and to reappear on a sudden at the head of the circle, shewing in her hand, with a triumphant air, her silken string, just as when she began the dance. The meaning of the dance is obvious enough; and the description of it becomes still more interesting, when the history of its institution is known. Theseus returning from his expedition into Crete, after having delivered the Athenians from the heavy yoke of the tribute imposed upon them by the Cretans, himself vanquisher of the Minotaur, and possessor of Ariadne, stopped at Delos; and, after performing a solemn sacrifice to Venus, and dedicating a statue to her, which his mistress had given him, he danced with the young Athenians a dance, which in Plutarch's time was still in use among the Delians, and in which the mazy turns and windings of the labyrinth were imitated. Callimachus, in his hymn on Delos, mentions this dance, and says that Theseus, when he instituted it, was himself the leader of it. Eustachius, on the eighteenth book of the Iliad, says that anciently the men and women danced separately, and that it was Theseus who first made to dance together the young men and maidens whom he had delivered from the labyrinth, in the manner that Dedalus has taught them. At Cnossus, says Pausanias, is preserved that choral dance mentioned in the Iliad of Homer, and which Dedalus composed for Ariadne. At this very day, then, we see in the Greek tlance, Ariadne...
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