The Museums and Ruins of Rome Volume 1

The Museums and Ruins of Rome Volume 1

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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. 1906 edition. Excerpt: ... the lovable expression; the grave eyes look out freely and firmly, away into far space, over the medley of life's detail. The original of the statue, which we must conceive in bronze, was made about fifty years after the poet's death, and probably stood in the Athenian theatre. For the treatment of the drapery we may compare the bearded Dionysus by Praxiteles (p. 119); to his school belonged also the sculptor of this ideal portrait which gives us a conception not of the poet as he really walked among living men, but of his image as that period preserved it. Before this "pattern of the perfect man " we may recall the figure of Demosthenes, grand in its ugliness. After the successful issue of the Persian War, when in their patriotic enthusiasm the Greeks felt an aversion from everything foreign, and turned proudly to their own national gifts, the flute, an instrument formerly introduced from Phrygia, fell in Athens at any rate under the ban of this feeling, evidences of which we shall often encounter. ' The grave and solemn music of stringed instruments was set up in opposition to it as the national art, and the following legend grew up: Athena had discovered flute-playing, but having by chance seen herself reflected in a stream while she was blowing the instrument, she was horrified at the ugly appearance of her distended cheeks, flung away the flute, and pronounced a curse upon it; but one of the Sileni, Marsyas, attracted by the unusual sound stole up and took possession of the discarded flute in spite of the curse. He became so proud of the new music that he challenged Apollo to a contest on his cithara. The prize was assigned by the Muses, who were the judges, to the god, and at his command Marsyas was flayed alive. We more

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  • Paperback | 60 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 127g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236850378
  • 9781236850379