The Domestic Virtues and Manners of the Greeks and Romans, Compared with Those of the Most Refined States of Europe, a Prize Essay, Recited in the Theatre, Oxford, June XVIII, MDCCCXXVIII.

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Baxter, 1828 - Greece - 98 pages

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Page 35 - Nothing is more certain than that our manners, our civilization, and all the good things which are connected with manners and with civilization, have in this European world of ours depended for ages upon two principles, and were indeed the result of both combined: I mean the spirit of a gentleman and the spirit of religion.
Page 87 - Defend me,' says the lively fMenander with an evident feeling of horror, ' from family repasts, Where all the guests claim kin, — nephews and uncles, And aunts and cousins to the fifth remove ! First you've the sire, a goblet in his hand, And he deals out his dole of admonition ; — Then comes my lady-mother, a mere homily Reproof an'd exhortation ! — at her heels The aunt slips in a word of pious precept.
Page 69 - Jam primum , suus cuique filins, ex casta parente natus , non in cella emptae nutricis , sed gremio ac sinu matris educabatur; cujus praecipua laus erat, tueri domum , et inservire liberis.
Page 88 - But the best of my lot I had nearly forgot — the court left and well loaded with honey, Scarce in sight of my home, all the house, trooping, come, and embrace me, such coz'nage hath money ! Next my girl, sprightly nymph ! brings her napkin and lymph — feet and ancles are quick in ablution; Soft'ning oils o'er them spread, she stoops down her head, and drops kisses in utmost profusion. " I'm her sweetest papa! — I'm the pride of the bar!
Page 88 - Seats her then by my side, Mrs. Dicast my pride, — feeling soul, she knows well what my calling, And my labours to greet, brings refreshments most sweet, while speeches still sweeter are falling. " Deign this pottage to sip, — pass this cake o'er your lip, — here's a soft and a soothing emulsion, You cannot but choose eat this pulse, nay, I'll use to my heart's dearest treasure compulsion.
Page 87 - Reproof and exhortation ! — at her heels The aunt slips in a word of pious precept. The grandsire last — a bass voice among trebles, Thunder succeeding whispers, fires away. Each pause between, his aged partner fills With "lack-a-day !" "good sooth !" and " dearest dear !" The dotard's head meantime for ever nods, Encouraging her drivelling.
Page 95 - ... hands of a cook; his name Pelignas. He is well versed in all the modes of sacrifice usual in your own country; he is also acquainted with those practised in the Mysteries, and the festivals of Bacchus, and with such as take place before the commencement of the Olympic games. You will, therefore, pay him every attention, and be cautious of any neglect. Let me hear from you at your earliest leisure.
Page 1 - HERE are few errors more striking in the political philosophy of the ancients than the relative value it assigned to civil and domestic institutions. Justly considering that the perfection of humanity was attainable only in a state of political union, it nevertheless, in admiration of the end, neglected the means by which nature had willed its accomplishment. It sacrificed the domestic affections to the civil duties of man ; it gave an unnatural but dazzling ascendancy to social disinterestedness...
Page 31 - Penestse, though subjected to very cruel oppressions, yet appear to have been more favourably circumstanced than the Helots, both in origin and relation. In Crete also, the rare occurrence of rebellion, and certain indulgences permitted to the slaves, seem to indicate some amelioration in their condition. But in Athens alone are we assured of any considerable mitigation of its severity and degradation.
Page 22 - ... institutions and manners, not by artificial and insulting restrictions, but by a manly and...

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