The History of the Manners and Customs of Ancient Greece Volume 2
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. 1842 edition. Excerpt: ...of citizens of all ages,3 with crowns of flowers on their heads. Above the level of the most elevated range of seats, and stretching round the whole sweep of the edifice, arose a spacious portico,5 designed to afford shelter to the spectators during the continuance of a sudden shower. Another range of porticoes extended along the small lawn or grove within the limits of the theatre, at the back of the stage, so that there was little necessity for the Athenian people to take refuge, as some have imagined, from the weather in the public buildings, sacred or civil, in the vicinity. 1 Tim. Lex. Platon. in v. dpx, J-Cockerel, Kinnaird, Donaldson, n-pa.p. 104. Poll. iv. 123. &c., p. 38. 2 Poll. iv. 123.--The Cunei, 3 For the children, see Plat, de for greater convenience, had par-Rep. t. vi. p. 128. Athen. xi. ticular marks, numbers, or names 13. Cf. Aristid. t. i. p. 505. to distinguish them: the podium Jebb. of the diazoma of the theatre at Vitruv. v. 9. Donaldson, Syracuse has an inscription cut Theatre of the Greeks, p. 139. on the fascia of the cornice to s Among the Romans it was each cuneus.--Antiq. of Ath. customary to carry along with &c. Supplem. to Stuart, &c., by them, as a defence against rain, thick cloaks, rockets, or mandi-t. i. p. 1234. d. Sch. Aristoph. It would appear from an expression in Pollux,1 that the lower seats of the theatre, appropriated to persons of distinction, were covered with wood,2 notwithstanding which, it was usual, in the later ages of the commonwealth, for rich persons to have cushions brought for them to the theatre by their domestics,3 together with purple carpets for their feet. Theophrastus, accordingly, whom few striking traits of manners escaped, represents his flatterer snatching this theatrical...
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