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The Greek Heritage in Victorian Britain (edition 1984)

by Frank M Turner

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Bits I found interesting in: The Greek Heritage in Victorian Britain by Frank Turner (The best chapter is Victorian Humanistic Hellenism)

William Gladstone wrote Studies in Homer and the Homeric Age (3 Vols.1858). Between 1847 and his death in 1898 he produced seven volumes on Homer and a very large numbers of articles. For better or worse, his works on Homer constituted the single most extensive body of Victorian Homeric commentary.

Gilbert Murray: When the polis was crushed under the Macedonian invasion, the reasonably sane civic life and the worship of the Olympians collapsed. Thereupon ensued the rise of new religions founded on mysteries, mysticism, and a rejection of the notion of humankind as the forger of its own world. It is a rise of asceticism, of mysticism, in a sense of pessimism.

Murray: The Olympians had possessed the supreme religious virtue of having “issued no creeds that contradicted knowledge, no commands that made man sin against his own inner light.” The gods of Greece had not been fully rational creatures, but they had not stood as barriers against the achievement of rationality.

Lewis Farnell felt, that recognition of the dark and superstitious roots of Greek religion should not lead to the neglect of “the flowers and the fruit which derive their nutriment from those roots.”

Percy Gardner: The truth communicated through their sculpture and awakened in the observer was the prescriptive moral truth of the polis rather than the mere description of physical nature.

P.Gardner: The shared values and moral expectations of the polis provided both an ethical ideal that the artist might strive to express and a cultural restraint on the excessive individualism that might separate him and his activity from his audience.

Charlotte Young, novelist: The history of the Jews shows what God does for men; the history of Greece shows what man does left to himself. ( )
  Herzenslust | Apr 27, 2012 |
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Bits I found interesting in: The Greek Heritage in Victorian Britain by Frank Turner (The best chapter is Victorian Humanistic Hellenism)

William Gladstone wrote Studies in Homer and the Homeric Age (3 Vols.1858). Between 1847 and his death in 1898 he produced seven volumes on Homer and a very large numbers of articles. For better or worse, his works on Homer constituted the single most extensive body of Victorian Homeric commentary.

Gilbert Murray: When the polis was crushed under the Macedonian invasion, the reasonably sane civic life and the worship of the Olympians collapsed. Thereupon ensued the rise of new religions founded on mysteries, mysticism, and a rejection of the notion of humankind as the forger of its own world. It is a rise of asceticism, of mysticism, in a sense of pessimism.

Murray: The Olympians had possessed the supreme religious virtue of having “issued no creeds that contradicted knowledge, no commands that made man sin against his own inner light.” The gods of Greece had not been fully rational creatures, but they had not stood as barriers against the achievement of rationality.

Lewis Farnell felt, that recognition of the dark and superstitious roots of Greek religion should not lead to the neglect of “the flowers and the fruit which derive their nutriment from those roots.”

Percy Gardner: The truth communicated through their sculpture and awakened in the observer was the prescriptive moral truth of the polis rather than the mere description of physical nature.

P.Gardner: The shared values and moral expectations of the polis provided both an ethical ideal that the artist might strive to express and a cultural restraint on the excessive individualism that might separate him and his activity from his audience.

Charlotte Young, novelist: The history of the Jews shows what God does for men; the history of Greece shows what man does left to himself. ( )
  Herzenslust | Apr 27, 2012 |

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