History of Ancient Art

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Fig. 120. --View of the Athenian Propylæa. Restoration.

HELLAS.

THE Mediterranean Sea was the heart of the Old World; the important lands of the early history of civilization were grouped about its richly indented shores, generally decreasing in respect of culture as they receded from it. The northeastern part of the Mediterranean, because of its many islands, having an even greater proportionate coast-line, was the centre of the countries ennobled by Hellenic civilization. Separating and uniting at once, like all the waters of the earth, the Ægean Sea formed the boundary between the two chief races of Greek intellectual life--the Dorians and the Ionians; while it was, at the same time, the favoring medium of exchange for the productions of their genius. European Greece, with its predominating Doric population, and the almost exclusively Ionic coasts of Asia Minor, equally looked upon this sea as their own, trav-

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History of Ancient Art
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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents ix
  • List of Illustrations xv
  • Egypt. 1
  • Chaldæa, Babylonia, and Assyizia. 48
  • Persia. 99
  • PhŒnicia, Palestine, And, Asia Minor. 130
  • Hellas. 175
  • Etruria. 387
  • Rome. 413
  • Glossary. 473
  • Index 479
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