Handbook to the Antiquities in the British Museum: Being a Description of the Remains of Greek, Assyrian, Egyptian, and Etruscan Art Preserved There ..

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John Murray, 1851 - 472 من الصفحات
 

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الصفحة 268 - What more noble forms could have ushered the people into the temple of their gods ? What more sublime images could have been borrowed from nature, by men who sought, unaided by the light of revealed religion, to embody their conception of the wisdom, power, and ubiquity of a Supreme Being ? They could find no better type of intellect and knowledge than the head of the man ; of strength, than the body of the lion ; of rapidity of motion, than the wings of the bird. These winged human-headed lions...
الصفحة 401 - They are, under the point of view of religion and philosophy, wholly rotten, and from the sole of the foot to the crown of the head there is no soundness in them.
الصفحة 370 - And forty days were fulfilled for him ; for so are fulfilled the days of those which are embalmed : and the Egyptians mourned for him threescore and ten days.
الصفحة 268 - I used to contemplate for hours these mysterious emblems, and muse over their intent and history. What more noble forms could have ushered the people into the temple of their gods ? What more sublime images could have been borrowed from nature, by men who sought, unaided by the light of revealed religion, to embody their conception of the wisdom, power, and ubiquity of a Supreme Being ? They could find no better type of intellect and knowledge than the head of the man ; of strength, than the body...
الصفحة 116 - ... then, let the divinest of the muses, let Astronomy approach, and take him by the hand ; let her ' Come, but keep her wonted state, With even step and musing gait, And looks commercing with the skies, Her rapt soul sitting in her eyes.
الصفحة 5 - Notwithstanding with nature it cometh sometimes to pass as with art. Let Phidias have rude and obstinate stuff to carve, though his art do that it should, his work will lack that beauty which otherwise in fitter matter it might have had.
الصفحة 262 - It stands on a single stem, and has handles very curiously formed of swans' necks and heads gracefully intertwined : it was brought to England in 1825, and presented to the Museum by Lord Western in 1839. Aa oblong basin of granite, similar to such as were used in the temples to contain the water necessary for the purification of those who sought admittance to the sacrifices.
الصفحة 36 - ... pavement, to which there was an ascent of three steps. The total height of the temple above its platform was about sixty-five feet. Within the peristyle at either end, there was an interior range of six columns, of five feet and a half in diameter, standing before the end of the cell, and forming a vestibule to its door. There was an ascent of two steps into these vestibules from the peristyle. The cell, which was...
الصفحة 326 - Hermes is said in Egypt to have first invented letters. The Egyptians therefore consecrate to the ibis, as belonging to him, the first place in the alphabet. That alphabetical letters are here spoken of, the context places beyond contradiction, as it speaks expressly of the arrangement and order of letters in the alphabet. Two propositions evidently follow from this ; first, an hieroglyphic, the ibis, denotes a letter; secondly, this letter was the first in the alphabet, consequently the A; for that...
الصفحة xv - Pacuvius, the tragic poet and painter, flourishes. :LXXVI. 3. 74 Arcesilaus IV., sculptor, the intimate friend of L. Lucullus, flourishes. CLXXIX. 2. 63 Valerius of Ostia flourishes as an architect. The following artists flourished about this period : Pasiteles, statuary, sculptor, and engraver ; Timomachus of Byzantium, and Arellius, painters ; Cyrus, architect ; Posidonius of Ephesus, statuary and engraver ; Leostratides, and Pytheas I., engravers ; Coponius, Roman sculptor ; and Epitynchanus,...

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