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A Day in Athens with Socrates
by Plato
Binding: Paperback, 172 pages
Publisher: BiblioLife
Weight: 0.42 pound
Dimension: H: 0.75 x L: 8 x W: 0.5 inches
ISBN 10: 0559583419
ISBN 13: 9780559583414
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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: Note 9, p. 8. Polycleitus was particularly celebratec. for his figures of athletes, and is ranked in Xenophon's Memorabilia (I. iv.3) as highest among sculptors, as Homer is among epic poets, and Sophocles among dramatists. Pheidias was entrusted by Pericles with the charge of beautifying the public buildings of Athens, and the cessation of this work was not the least of the evils consequent upon Pericles' loss of favour with the people. Failing to convict Pheidias upon the ground of having misappropriated public moneys, his enemies finally succeeded in having him banished from Athens on the charge of impiety, because he had presumed to carve his own likeness and that of Pericles upon the shield of Athene, a colossal statue made by him, to adorn the Parthenon. Pheidias then took up his abode at Elis, where his first work was a statue of Olympian Zeus. This he vowed should surpass the Athene in beauty; and so well did he keep his promise that in token of their gratitude, so Pausanias tells us, the people of Elis appointed his family to be perpetual guardians of the statue. From the allusion here made to Pheidias, we may presume that at this time he was still alive. Note 10, p. 14. Like many of the other Sophists, Hippias travelled throughout Greece, where he taught and lectured with a view to acquiring fortune as well as fame. He was wont to maintain that virtue consisted in being independent in all things, and he asserted his own claim to its possession, by pretending to universal knowledge. At one of the Olympian festivals he boasted that he was master of every art, mechanical as well as liberal, stating in proof of this, that every article he wore was the work of his own hands (Hippias Minor, 368 B C). He was noted for his memory, and it is said could remember fifty ...


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