Demosthenes

Demosthenes

Demosthenes

Demosthenes

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Men of Athens, do you recognize him? Even too familiar to you was that mask, as intellectual as it is resolute, in which the tragic reflection of your own destiny at once attracted and repelled you. The forehead is large and expressive of a restless power, but the art of the Greek has not been able to reproduce the luminous energy of the glance. The lines of the face are firm, but make no parade of severity. The clenched teeth, the compressed lips, softened by the pointed chin of the thinker, reveal not so much of hardness as of the inward tremors of a reason that sees the abyss and rushes upon it with open eyes. The dominating dome of the head shows the power that carried the man across everything; it is a volcano hammered from within by lava eager to leap from the depths of the crater and to overrun . . .

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