Athens and Its Monuments

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Macmillan, 1913 - 412 pages

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Page 393 - ... to be left in the walls between the joints of the stones, the number and situation of these air-holes being left to the discretion of the architect. Such was, in outline, the great arsenal of the Piraeus. Thither on hot summer days, we may suppose, crowds were glad to escape from the dust and glare of the streets and to promenade in the cool, lofty, and dimly-lighted arcade, often stopping to gaze with idle curiosity or patriotic pride at the long array of well-ordered tackle which spoke of the...
Page 197 - Su-fang supwan, to be restored to 'supang or 'spang, 'sbang\ Caesalpinia sappan, furnishing the sappan wood) is first described as a product of Kiu-chen (Tong King) in the Nan fang ts'ao mi chrtang, written by Ki Han at the end of the third or beginning of the fourth century. J. de Loureiro (Flora cochinchinensis, p. 321) observes in regard to this tree, ' Habitat in altis montibus Cochinchinae : indeque a mercatoribus sinensibus abunde exportatur.
Page 311 - To return to the early colonists. Of their history previous to the end of the seventh or the beginning of the sixth century BC, nothing positive is known.
Page 295 - Athena stands 7 upright, clad in a garment that reaches to her feet : on her breast is the head of Medusa wrought in ivory. She holds a Victory about four cubits high, and in the other hand a spear. At her feet lies a shield, and near the spear is a serpent, which may be Erichthonius.
Page 336 - Having placed on their heads what the priestess of Athena gives them to carry neither she who gives nor they who carry have...
Page 341 - ... One is a bronze image of Athena made from the spoils of the Medes who landed at Marathon. It is a work of Phidias. The <battle> of the Lapiths with the Centaurs on her shield, and all the other figures in relief, are said to have been wrought by Mys, but designed, like all the other works of Mys, by Parrhasius, son of Evenor. The head of the spear and the crest of the helmet of this Athena are visible to mariners sailing from Sunium to Athens. There is also a bronze chariot made out of a tithe...
Page 14 - E. long. The city within the walls is about a mile and a half long, from east to west, and about three-quarters of a mile broad, from north to south.
Page 27 - Mycenaean race, which, as we now know, reached a high stage of civilization in Greece, as well as the islands and coasts of the eastern Mediterranean, and was displaced before the beginning of the first millennium before Christ by an Achaean people, coming we know not whence. From the Achaeans the Athenians of history were sprung. A considerable admixture of Oriental influence may indicate that the tradition of an Egyptian Cecrops as the city's founder is something besides a myth.
Page v - THIS book is designed to provide a brief and untechnical account of the topography and monuments of ancient Athens for the general reader and the traveler, as well as an introduction to the subject for the student of archaeology and history ; a few ideas that are new and worthy may perhaps be found by the specialist.
Page 364 - Before the entrance to the Academy is an altar of Love, with an inscription stating that Charmus was the first Athenian to dedicate an altar to Love. The altar in the city called the altar of Love Returned...

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