Travels in Various Countries of Europe, Asia and Africa: Greece, Egypt, and the Holy Land

T. Cadell and W. Davies in the Strand, 1823

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Página 224 - Cold is the heart, fair Greece ! that looks on thee, Nor feels as lovers o'er the dust they loved ; Dull is the eye that will not weep to see Thy walls defaced, thy mouldering shrines removed By British hands, which it had best behoved To guard those relics ne'er to be restored.
Página 261 - It is not possible to conceive a situation of greater peril, or one more calculated to prove the sincerity of a preacher, than that in which the Apostle was here placed : and the truth of this, perhaps, will never be better felt than by a spectator who, from this eminence, actually beholds the stately monuments of Pagan pomp and superstition by which he, whom the Athenians considered as " the setter-forth of strange gods...
Página 262 - Paul on this occasion ; namely, that of inflicting extreme and exemplary punishment upon any person, who should slight the celebration of the holy mysteries, or blaspheme the gods of Greece. We ascended to the summit by means of steps cut in the natural stone. The sublime scene here exhibited, is so striking, that a brief description of it may prove how truly it offers to us a commentary upon the apostle's words, as they were delivered upon the spot. He stood upon the top of the rock, and beneath...
Página 231 - ... of statues ; and they are in general finished with as much attention behind as before. They were originally continued round the entablature of the Parthenon, and formed ninety-two groups.
Página 223 - ... this animal had been so judiciously placed by Phidias, that to a spectator below, it seemed to be rising from an abyss, foaming and struggling to burst from its confined situation, with a degree of energy suited to the greatness and dignity of its character. All the perspective of the sculpture (if such an expression be admissible,) and certainly all the harmony and fitness of .its proportions, and all the effect of attitude and force of composition, depended upon the work being viewed precisely...
Página 136 - ... softness of wax, the mild lustre even of their original polish, those which were finished in Pentelican marble have been decomposed, and sometimes exhibit a surface as earthy and as rude as common limestone. This is principally owing to veins of extraneous substances which intersect the Pentelican quarries, and which appear more or less in all the works executed in this kind of marble.
Página 293 - A certain freshness bloomed upon them, and preserved their faces uninjured ; as if they possessed a never-fading spirit, and had a soul insensible to age.
Página 234 - CHAP, that, as a sculptor, he particularly excelled in his statues of horses: perhaps some notion may be conceived of the magic of his art, when it is related, that of a hundred horses introduced by him into the Panathenaic pomp, there are not two, either in the same attitude, or which are not characterized by a marked difference of expression.
Página 291 - Peripteros ; that is to say, it has a portico of six columns in each front, and on each side a range of eleven columns, exclusive of the columns on the angles. All these columns remain in their original position excepting two, that separated the portico from the pronaos, which have been demolished.
Página 478 - ... from the cavernous throne of the altar, a reverberation, caused by the sides of the rock, afforded a tolerable specimen of the "will of the Gods," as it was formerly made known to the credulous votaries of this nowforgotten shrine.

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