The History of Modern Greece, from Its Conquest by the Romans B.C.146, to the Present Time Volume 2

The History of Modern Greece, from Its Conquest by the Romans B.C.146, to the Present Time Volume 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1845 edition. Excerpt: ...of their works, that the conviction strikes us, and these occasionally evince some exquisite touches of the poetiy of art. The divinity of Jesus is sometimes expressed by a youth of godlike mien and heavenly grace, whose foot rests upon the mane of a conquered lion; his sacrifice is typified by a lamb expiring at the foot of a cross, which it sprinkles with its blood; and his resurrection by a radiant phoenix, which, triumphing over death, mounts into the air, or rests upon the summit of a palm-tree, the emblem of its victory. This habit of representing Christ as debilitated by age, originated most probably with Irenaeus, who wishes to make it appear that he died at the age of fifty, instead of in the flower of youth, as more generally received. Another incident, which contributed still more to the perpetuation of this symbolical style of design, was the difficulty of reconciling the prejudices of the orientals to the ignominious circumstances attendant on the death of our Saviour. The scourge and crown of thorns, were ideas totally incompatible with their conceptions of the majesty of heaven; and the cross, which sacred associations have taught us to revere as the emblem of all that is venerated and holy, was regarded by them with the same feelings of detestation and disgust which attach in modern times to a gallows or a gibbet. It required, therefore, extreme caution to prevent a symbol so offensive from giving scandal to the weak; and it was rarely, if ever, employed in the services of the altar before the seventh century in Greece, and the beginning of the eighth in Italy. To supply its place, allegories without Emeric-David. end were invented; and as these, in the decline of painting, had verged into puerilities and obscurity, the...show more

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  • Paperback | 138 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 259g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1236568400
  • 9781236568403