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Identifier: neareastdalmatia00hich Title: The near East; Dalmatia, Greece and Constantinople Year: 1913 (1910s) Authors: Hichens, Robert Smythe, 1864-1950 Guérin, Jules Vallée, 1866-1946, ill Subjects: Dalmatia (Croatia) -- Description and travel Greece -- Description and travel Athens (Greece) -- Description and travel Istanbul (Turkey) -- Description and travel Publisher: New York : The Century Co. Contributing Library: University of California Libraries Digitizing Sponsor: MSN View Book Page: Book Viewer About This Book: Catalog Entry View All Images: All Images From Book Click here to view book online to see this illustration in context in a browseable online version of this book. Text Appearing Before Image: near the AcropolisMuseum, behind the Parthenon. Other fine viewscan be had from Lycabettus, the solitary and fierce-looking hill against whose rocks the town seems al-most to surge, like a wave striving to overwhelm it,and from that other hill, immediately facing theAcropolis, on which stands the monument of Philo-pappos. It is easy to ascend to the summit of the Acropolis,even in the fierce heat of a summer day. A stroll upa curving road, the mounting of some steps, and youare there, five hundred and ten feet only above thelevel of the sea. But on account of the solitary situa-tion of the plateau of rock on which the temples aregrouped and of its precipitous sides, it seems verymuch higher than it is. Whenever I stood on thesummit of the Acropolis I felt as if I were on thepeak of a mountain, as if from there one must be ableto see all the kingdoms of the world and the glory ofthem. What one does see is marvelously, almost ineffa-bly beautiful. Herodotus called this land, with its 60 Text Appearing After Image: From a ph< THE THEATER OF DIONYSUS ON THE SOUTHERNSLOPE OF THE ACROPOLIS IN AND NEAR ATHENS stony soil and its multitudes of bare mountains, therugged nurse of liberty. Though rugged, andoften naked, nevertheless its loveliness—and thatsoft word must be used—is so great and so pure that,as we give to Greek art the crown of wild olive, so wemust give it surely also to the scenery of Greece. Itis a loveliness of outline, of color, and above all oflight. Almost everywhere in Greece you see mountains,range upon range, closing about you or, more often,melting away into far distances, into outlines ofshadows and dreams. Almost everywhere, or so itseemed to me, you look upon the sea. And as theoutlines of the mountains of Greece are nearly al-ways divinely calm, so the colors of the seas ofGreece are magically deep and radiant and varied.And over mountains and seas fall changing wondersof light, giving to outline eternal meanings, to colorthe depth of a soul. ^ When you stand upon the Note About Images Please note that these images are extracted from scanned page images that may have been digitally enhanced for readability - coloration and appearance of these illustrations may not perfectly resemble the original work.


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