Mythology & Monuments of Ancient Athens: Being a Translation of a Portion of the 'Attica' of Pausanias

Mythology & Monuments of Ancient Athens: Being a Translation of a Portion of the 'Attica' of Pausanias

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Mythology & Monuments of Ancient Athens: Being a Translation of a Portion of the 'Attica' of Pausanias

Mythology & Monuments of Ancient Athens: Being a Translation of a Portion of the 'Attica' of Pausanias

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I have tried by the title chosen to express the exact purport of my book. Its object is, first and foremost, to elucidate the Mythology of Athens, and with this intent I have examined its Monuments, taking Pausanias as a guide.

I am anxious to make this clear, because to produce an adequate archæological edition even of one book of Pausanias would have been in some respects beyond my scope. Such an archæological commentary would demand a scholar who should be at once philologist, topographer, epigraphist, architect, as well as mythologist and mythographist. My competence, at first hand, is confined to the last two branches of classical learning.

My work as regards the other departments has been rather to weigh the opinions of others than to originate my own. The Commentary is addressed, not to the professional archæologist but to the student, whose needs I have constantly borne in mind. On the other hand, in the Mythological Essay I venture to hope the specialist may find material worthy of his criticism.

As regards this Essay, I have laid special stress on three points, the first of which at least may be somewhat novel to the English reader: --

First, I have dealt specially with vase-paintings as sources. The study of vase-paintings at all, so long seriously pursued . . .

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