A History of Greek Literature

A History of Greek Literature

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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. 1890 edition. Excerpt: ...and brought him home, As wicked a slanderous wretch as ever lived. This fellow, the Paphlagonian, has found out The blind side of our master's understanding, With fawning and wheedling in this kind of way: 'Would not you please go to the bath, sir f surely It's not worth while to attend the courts to-day.' And, 'Would not you please to take a little refreshment? And there's that nice hot broth--and here's the threepence You left behind you--And would not you order supper?' Moreover, when we get things out of compliment As a present for our master, he contrives To snatch 'em and serve 'em up before our faces. I'd made a Spartan cake at Pylos lately. And mixed and kneaded it well, and watched the baking; But he stole round before me and served it up. Sometimes the old man falls into moods and fancies, Searching the prophecies till he gets bewildered; And then the Paphlagonian plies him up, --Driving him mad with oracles and predictions, And that's his harvest." The Spartan cake refers to the success of Cleon in suddenly accepting command and capturing a number of Spartans at Pylos when he was urged to make good his statement of what the generals should do. Certainly, demagogues who do what they promise can afford to endure ridicule. Then, when Demosthenes gets hold of some wine, he finds some reports of the oracles which declare that Pericles shall have such and such successors, who shall be followed by "a viler rascal... In the person of a Paphlagonian tanner, A loud, rapacious, leather-selling ruffian." He, in his turn, is to be superseded by a sausage-seller. Thereupon there appears a sausage-seller to whom Demosthenes communicates the words of the oracle. Naturally the humble vendor of sausages is as much confused as elated at...show more

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  • Paperback | 370 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 20mm | 658g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236601432
  • 9781236601438