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Acropolis Of Athens
Of the many statues on the Acropolis mentioned by Pausanias, the pedestals of some have been identified and the position of others may be conjectured Not far to the left of the way from the Propylaea to the Parthenon was the pedestal of the great statue of Athene Promachos, made by Phidias from Persian spoil.
Attic Grave Reliefs
THE average modern graveyard is neither cheerful nor interesting. Artistically, most cemeteries are a failure, which is only atoned for when the beauties of nature offer compensation for poverty of art.
Greek Theatre
The Greeks did not build their temples for preaching, nor their theatres for elaborate and mystical ritual. The types of architecture these represented were as distinct as their functions. The attempt to combine these functions in either type has not been successful in large structures.
Modern Athens
THE Acropolis is the rock on which the old Athens was built: it is still the pride of the new. No palace or dwelling rests on its summit. That is now sacred to the gods. But from one end of it, which falls off abruptly, you get a fine bird's-eye view of the new Athens lying on the plain below.
The Street And The Agora
ATHENS is not a city of magnificent distances; it does not take long to measure it off with wheels or shoe-leather. The difficulty is to keep mentally in the nineteenth century and in the Athens of today.
The Alter Of The Home
A Hotel is not a home any more than a pension is a hotel. In neither of them can one see Greek domestic life. If I had lived in them long, I should not have known Spiridion, the faithful butler and factotum, Elizabeth, the cook, with her island brogue, nor black-eyed Laurette, nor Louise, nor Helen, nor the Kyria, my landlady.
The Christian Shrine
What a strong contrast in all this to the stateliness, dignity and beauty of the old Greek temples ! On the Parthenon was a lion's head as a waterspout, but no demonic gargoyle, and among the grand sculptures of tympanum and frieze no caricature disturbed the sobriety of the worshipper.
The Modern Greek Church
PLANTED on Greek soil, deeply rooted in the sub-stratum of the early religion and drawing nurture from it, the modern Greek Church claims a Christian history of nineteen centuries.
A Composite Day
HOMER liked to begin his day with the rosy fingered dawn, and so did the cock that crowed on Homer Street. In this he differed much from my friend the diplomat, who probably did not see a sun-rise while he was in Athens.
The Athenian Press
A DOZEN daily newspapers, morning and evening, flourish in the air of Athens. I doubt if there is any other city which has so many in proportion to its population.
An Athenian Schoolboy
THE school boys and girls trudge by. A pedagogue does not lead them to-day, and they have to carry their own books; but they will be sure to meet the pedagogue when they get to school, for he bears the same name though his functions have changed.
A Greek Bugle Call
BUGLERS are common in Athens. They are constantly coming and going with bands of soldiers, and the air vibrates with martial tones.
An Athenian Tetradrachma
It is interesting to note that, before the time of Alexander, all Greek coins bore sacred subjects only. Mythology was thus carried into the mart. The tradesman was distinctly reminded of his religion when he received or gave out coin.
Some Greek Vases
Though Greece has been robbed of a great many of her treasures, and a great deal of Tanagra art has gone abroad, she has preserved these; and nowhere have such charming, graceful representations of human life been put into clay. If these people did not think life worth living, who did?
The Greek Calendar
WRITING from Athens, I found myself, like a pendulum, swinging between the old calendar and the new. The Greek calendar is twelve days behind the reckoning of Europe.
Greek Philanthropy
PHILANTHROPY is not only a Greek word, but is finding practical exposition in Greek life. An excel-lent institution is the Parnassus Club, which has now been in existence for thirty years.
Attic Wanderings
Who would make a pilgrimage to the shrines of Greece without traversing the Sacred Way to Eleusis? One may go by rail to this seat of the ancient mysteries, a method prosaic to us, but which would seem sufficiently mysterious to the uninitiated.
From Athens To Megalopolis
THERE are two ways of making excursions in Greece. One is to take your purse and your staff and go forth as a solitary pilgrim. You need then a traveller's equipment of modern Greek if you are to step out of the beaten track.
From Megalopolis To Olympia
AND now came the march of the Archaeological Cavalry. No more railroad trains, no more carriages. The mountains lay between us and Olympia; the only fitting way to approach that world-renowned arena for the Greek games was by a few days of severe athletic exercise.
Delphi
OLYMPIA lay on the plain; Delphi on the slope of Parnassus and under the shadow of the Shining Cliffs. Olympia drew all Greece to it; but Delphi claimed to be the navel, the very centre of the world.
Tempe And Meteora
Taking a Greek steamer at the Piraeus for Volo on the evening of the sixth of May, we wisely sought our berths before reaching Sunium, where Poseidon loves to rock the ocean cradle.
Euboea
I WAS sitting in my room in Athens, reading a Greek newspaper with the social desperation of a man who two days before had said good-bye for the winter to his wife and children.
Eretria
It was not far from Eretria that Dr. Waldstein discovered, in 1891, what was somewhat prematurely heralded by the press as the tomb of Aristotle or some member of his family. The tradition is, how-ever, that the philosopher was buried at Chalcis, and not at Eretria.
The Cyclades
IF you look at the map of Greece, you will see that the Attic peninsula and the island of Eubcea lie parallel to one another, and that each has a string of islands dangling from its southern extremity.
Troy
CIRCUMSTANCES over which I had no control pre-vented me from being at the first siege of Troy; circumstances within my control kindly permitted me to be at the last.
The Modern Siege Of Troy
IT was Schliemann who began the modern siege of Troy. How he was laughed at for making the attempt! As if there were anything in Homer but pure fiction!
Marrakesh, An Oasis City
The lofty impressive walls, a part of which dates back to the Almoravide founders of Marrakesh, go seven miles round the city, flanked with two hundred massive square towers and pierced with ten gates, from which start the great highways that reach to the provinces tributary to the metropolis of the south.
The Meeting Place Of The Dead
The magnificent minaret of the Koutoubia, severe with the puritanism of ancient Islam, stretches its long shadow over the frivolities of the square and the passionate sins of the dark streets and close-shut gardens.
Ahmet Entertains
With exquisite courtesy we exchange Salamaleks all round many times with kissing of hands, and the guests sit cross-legged on embroidered leather cushions or recline indolently on mattresses arranged in a circle.
Minarets And Palaces
Dominating the whole city is the wonderful minaret of the Mosque of the Koutoubia, a superb square tower of proportions so perfect as to suggest an exact balance of solidity and graceful beauty.
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