The National Quarterly Review Volume 2

The National Quarterly Review 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. 1861 edition. Excerpt: ... the best critics of all nations, Pagan as well as Christian, admit to possess the highest sublimity. Throughout the East, poetry has been more cultivated in all ages than anyother species of literature; and this is particularly true of Persia, whose poets and poetry form the subject of our present article. Should not these undeniable facts prepossess us in favor of Persian poetry, and lead us to expect much from it, rather than to depreciate the good it contains? Certain it is, however, that they do not. The principal reason for this is, that Persia is no longer the great nation she once was--that her greatness had passed away before themost ancient nations of modern Europe had any pretensions to civilization. Even ancient Greece is modern compared to ancient Persia. The latter had attained a high civilization centuries before the battles of Sardis, Marathon, and Salamis. Zoroaster, the Persian sage and philosopher, had taught his admirable system of ethics and religion--that contained in the Zendavesta--long before Homer or Hesiod was born, and Cyrus had enacted wise laws before Leonidas immortalized Thermopylae, or before Pericles invaded and overran the Peloponnesus. It is necessary to bear in mind that Persian civilization had already begun to decline before the invasion of Greece by Xerxes. But it is asked, What sort of a civilization did she enjoy? Was it anything more, at best, than a state of barbaric splendor? The best answers to these questions are to be found in all that remains to us of her literature, sculpture, and architecture. We do not know how much of the grandeur even of Babylon was the work of the Persians, since it was one of the capitals of their kings, after the fall of the Assyrian empire, the other two capitals...show more

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  • Paperback | 178 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 327g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236970497
  • 9781236970497