Essays on Greek Literature

Essays on Greek Literature

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Essays on Greek Literature

Essays on Greek Literature

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It will be seen that none of the five Essays here brought together has been written within the last five years, while the earliest of them was published more than twenty years ago. For permission to republish the first four my thanks are due to the well-known courtesy of the proprietor of the 'Quarterly Review.' The fifth is reprinted by the kind permission of the 'International Quarterly,' Messrs. Duffield & Co., Publishers, New York.

I harboured for many years the project of producing these five Essays on Greek together with others on Latin and English Literature; but I have been advised on good authority that such a collection would be incongruous and unacceptable. I had thought of endeavouring to bring the studies more up-to-date; but in some cases there seemed little to add, and in others such an attempt would have run counter to the original design.

In reference to the first Essay I venture to think that Professor Bury's arguments against the nomic basis of Pindar 'Odes of Victory,' though brilliant like all the work of that most versatile and eminent scholar, are not convincing. The Essay has to a great extent dealt with them in anticipation; while . . .

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