The Life of the Ancient Greeks; With Special Reference to Athens

The Life of the Ancient Greeks; With Special Reference to Athens

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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. 1902 edition. Excerpt: ... temples (Fig. 167; cf. Fig. 141). Fig. 167.--Pendant to be hung at the ear or the temple. CHAPTER XIV SOCIAL LIFE AND ENTERTAINMENTS In the outdoor life of the men, in their gatherings in the market, the palaestra, the bath, and the gymnasium, Opportunities TM frequent meetings of tribe and deme, for sooial and especially phratry, we see numberless opintercourse, portunities for intercourse and social contact. The attractiveness of barber-shops in the eyes of the male members of the society caused them to be named " wineless symposia "; and the whole tendency of Greek life was to find amusement in concourse. The quiet attractions of study and reading, while not seldom appreciated, were nevertheless diminished by physical drawbacks (cf. page 108); the poorness of. the writing materials, the closely written pages, with words undivided one from the other, the inadequacy of the light indoors, except in the court, and everywhere at night, made reading a source of entertainment limited to the few. Serious persons took delight in conversation of an improving nature with a few chosen companions, walking about the suburbs or on the banks of the Ilissus, or sitting on the stone benches at the gymnasium. This would happen in the long afternoons, when the luncheon (apurrov) had been followed by a of theday" brief rest at home while the sun was hottest. All the games begun and practised in childhood (page 76) furnished amusement for the adult. Many an hour was whiled away in playing draughts (irtTrua, Fig. 227), or in the game called by the Italians morra, in which the two players suddenly extend one or more of the fingers of the right hand and guess at the total number extended by both; whoever guessed nearest was the winner. In the...show more

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  • Paperback | 92 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 181g
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  • English
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  • 1236614267
  • 9781236614261