S. C. Kaines Smith Greek Art and National Life (Classic Reprint)

Greek Art and National Life (Classic Reprint)

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Theologians and missionaries seldom see eye to eye, but both are necessary to the faith; and on the whole there are more theologians than missionaries.

That is my excuse for having written these essays. There are many handbooks for students of arch?ology; many works, didactic and controversial, for the more mature seeker after the exactitudes of the science; it is not my aim to add to their number.

I would have no one admire a thing - a statue, a poem, a personality - because it is Greek. But I would have those who read this book love such things because they are human. For antiquity is. nothing: however long ago King Minos died, while he lived he was flesh and blood; though the ashes of Perikles have been for ages no more than a handful of the world's dust, he lived once, not a name, not a shadowy figure of history, but a human being. The men and women of to-day are no more than that, and no less.

That is why to admire Greek sculpture, Greek literature, Greek art as a whole, to study them, even to love them, solely as art, is not to understand them wholly.

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