The Topography of Athens: With Some Remarks on Its Antiquities, Volume 1

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author, & sold, 1841 - Athens (Greece)
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Page 24 - ... under Cratippus. (See Officia, lib. i. cap. 1 .) ' No other city ever enjoyed her fortune in the prosperity which attended her so long after the loss of her political importance. Even the respect which has been paid to Rome, since the decline of her temporal power, is but a feeble representation of that enjoyed by Athens during five centuries, among all the nations into which Grecian civilization had penetrated. We cannot have a stronger proof of this fact than that the most remarkable buildings...
Page 83 - ... there happened another great fire, which increasing upon the fuel of the houses and the continual playing of our bombs, endured so furious all that day and the next night, that the enemy, astonished to see their houses and their goods consumed, and their families...
Page 165 - Areiopagus with that rocky height which is separated only from the western end pague' of the Acropolis by a hollow, forming a communication between the northern and southern divisions of the ancient site, is found in the words of Pausanias, indicating that proximity ' ; in the remark of Herodotus, that it was a height over-against the Acropolis, from whence the Persians assailed the western end of the Acropolis...
Page 187 - ... site of the Dionysiac theatre is indicated by the hollow, and a few other remains, which are observable at the south-eastern end of the Acropolis. We have a strong confirmation of the identity of these remains in an ancient coin of Athens '. This curious medal represents the great Athenian theatre viewed from below. Its proscenium and cavea are distinctly seen : its gradation of seats, interrupted by one diazoma, or lateral corridor of communication ; and even the cunei, or separations, formed...
Page 83 - ... were landed, which were easily brought to the batteries that were raising, because the way was smooth and level, and but six miles in length. On the...
Page 198 - Academy and its plane trees remarkable for their luxuriant growth, made the air unhealthy. They still cause the spot to be one of the most advantageous situations near Athens for the growth of fruit and pot-herbs, and maintain a certain degree of verdure when all the surrounding plain is parched with the heat of summer.
Page 335 - In the Parthenon, whether viewed at a small or at a great distance, there was nothing to divert the spectator's contemplation from the simplicity and majesty of mass and outline, which forms the first and most remarkable object of admiration in a Greek temple...
Page 11 - Athens were under the necessity of giving up to her the future conduct of the war, now become exclusively naval. By these means the Athenians acquired an increasing command over the resources of the greater part of the islands, as well as of the colonies on the coasts of Asia, Macedonia, and Thrace ; and thus, at the very moment when the destruction of their city rendered it necessary for them to renew all their principal buildings, fortune gave them sufficient means both to maintain their ascendency...
Page 315 - The western end of the Acropolis," says this writer, "which furnished the only access to the summit of the hill, presented a breadth of only 168 feet — an opening so narrow that it appeared practicable to the artists of Pericles to fill up the space with a single building, which, in serving the main purpose of a gateway, should contribute at once to fortify and adorn the citadel. This work...

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