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Greek Studies: A Series Of Essays
by Walter Pater
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The essays fall into two distinct groups, one dealing with the subjects of Greek mythology and Greek poetry, the other with the history of Greek sculpture and Greek architecture.
I have reserved to the last what is perhaps the daintiest treatment of this subject in classical literature, the account of it which Ovid gives in the Fasti----a kind of Roman Calendar----for the seventh of April, the day of the games of Ceres. He tells over again the old story, with much of which, he says, the reader will be already familiar; but he has something also of his own to add to it, which the reader will hear for the first time; and, like one of those old painters who, in depicting a scene of Christian history, drew from their own fancy or experience its special setting and accessories, he translates the story into something very different from the Homeric hymn.
About the Author
Walter Pater (1839-1894) was English essayist and critic. A leader in the 19th-century revival of interest in Renaissance art and Humanism, Pater was a formulator of the doctrine that art and aesthetics are in themselves one of the ends of life. His works, noted for their stylistic purity and precision, include "Studies in the History of the Renaissance" (1873); the philosophic novel "Marius the Epicurean" (1885), generally considered his masterpiece; "Plato and Platonism" (1893); the partly autobiographical "The Child in the House" (1894); "Greek Studies" (1895); and the five posthumously published chapters "Gaston de Latour" (1896), a novel left unfinished at his death.
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