Memoirs and Proceedings - Manchester Literary and Philosophical Society Volume 11

Memoirs and Proceedings - Manchester Literary and Philosophical Society Volume 11

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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. 1842 edition. Excerpt: ...walls to be the work of the Pelasgi is this-1Vz'ebuhr positively asserts their existence, both in Etruria and Magna Grecia. If, therefore, the Polygonal style is to be attributed to them, how is it that we find it in Latium alone? This, however, is a subject on which it is far easier to overthrow hypotheses, than to construct them; and I have no conjecture to substitute for the one which I am indisposed to admit. B. v. p. 312. B. vii. 475. 1' Homer speaks of the (pum rIE7cents0")/WV, Iliad, ii. 840. i Strabo, b. xiii. III.--The third style of ancient Mural Architecture, which is distinguished by the vast uncemented masses of which it is composed, being arranged in horizontal courses, there is no reason to doubt, was the work of the Etruscans, whose name it bears; a people who come almost within the range of history, and of whose early proficiency, both in the useful and the fine arts, we have ample proof in the remains which have come down to us. The best, and, I believe, the only specimens of this order now extant, are to be found within the limits of Etruria, and may be examined to advantage at Volterra, Fiesole, Cortona, Populonia and Roselle.'j' There is another style, which is often called Etruscan, but which is evidently of more modern date, and is distinguished from the isodomon, or regular masonry Micali, I. c. I0. II. c. 25. 1' Drawing X. of the Greeks, only by the joints being sloping, instead of vertical, as may be seen in Drawing XI.' Some specimens of this are certainly found in Etruria; and also at Pompeii, but abound still more in the ruins of ancient Greek walls, as In the examination of these stupendous fortresses, especially those of the Amorphous and Polygonal orders, two questions force themselves upon ou
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  • Paperback | 110 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 213g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236861868
  • 9781236861863