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Greek Studies: a Series of Essays [Kindle Edition]

Walter Pater
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Walter Pater (1839-1894) was English essayist and critic. A leader in the 19th-century revival of interest in Renaissance art and Humanism, Pater was a formulator of the doctrine that art and aesthetics are in themselves one of the ends of life. His works, noted for their stylistic purity and precision, include "Studies in the History of the Renaissance" (1873); the philosophic novel "Marius the Epicurean" (1885), generally considered his masterpiece; "Plato and Platonism" (1893); the partly autobiographical "The Child in the House" (1894); "Greek Studies" (1895); and the five posthumously published chapters "Gaston de Latour" (1896), a novel left unfinished at his death.

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2.0 out of 5 stars The Epitome of Prosetry (Poetic Prose) May 23, 2013
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In these essays, Walter Pater stays true to the Ancient Greek art by writing prose that reads like Homer. While this may sound like a compliment at first (and, to a degree, it is), I hope you haven't forgotten just how extremely difficult it was to read the "Iliad" and "The Odyssey." Pater writes what I like to call prosetry, or prose that exhibits such a poetic style and tone that it make you wonder whether the author simply removed the line breaks of his versed epic. Throughout his essays, he described every detail and conceptual allusion he could find in the artwork or myth in question. His sentences read like an epic catalogue; he uses more semicolons and em-dashes than he does periods and--dare I say?--perhaps even commas. Each significant point is couched in pages of poetic ramblings and as a result, a reader can quickly find such elaborations quite tiresome.

Being a verbose and sometimes "poetic" writer myself, I can sympathize with Walter Pater's style and tone. However, I at least keep my ramblings in check to some degree, whereas the author of this book seems to have never heard back from the editor (who probably fell asleep while reading it). Despite all this, the content that can be identified and recognized in this book--the points, criticisms, and analyses--are intriguing and stimulating. Unfortunately, such content is smothered with prosetry and due to that, I admittedly could not give a rating any higher than two stars (2.4 stars to be exact). If you are an avid reader in Ancient Greek history and culture, you may want to give this a shot--it's free, anyway. Otherwise, you might as well not waste your time.

In other words, his writing tone and style is without a doubt beautiful and poetic in the highest degree. As for content and concision, however...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Title fooled me January 1, 2014
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I thought this was "Greek" as in the language. I was looking forward to reading essays written for a Greek student. My mistake. It is essays or Greek culture, history, and apparently anthing having to do with Greece. Not what I was looking for. I am only giving it a review so that if anyone else is as ignorant as me, they won't be fooled by the title like I was. I'm giving it 3 stars because I assume someone that knows what it is will buy it and enjoy it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars ancient history February 15, 2012
By Mei
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This book was first published (posthumously; Walter Pater died in 1894) in 1910, the printed version has 219 pages (wordcount: 73204). Pater studied Classics at Oxford University, and was also interested in philosophy and learned the German language.

Ths book contains a preface by Charles L. Chadwell and nine essays written by Pater:

-A Study of Dionysus: The Spiritual Form of Fire and Dew
-The Bacchanals of Euripides
-The Myth of Demeter and Persephone I.
-The Myth of Demeter and Persephone II.
-Hippolytus Veiled: A Study from Euripides
-The Beginnings of Greek Sculpture--I. The Heroic Age of Greek Art
-The Beginnings of Greek Sculpture--II. The Age of Graven Images
-The Marbles of Aegina
-The Age of Athletic Prizemen: A Chapter in Greek Art

Pater was a scholar who knew a lot about Ancient Greek History and Myths, but his writing is not very easy to read: he built very long sentences with lots of parenthesises and comma's. To give you an idea of what the essays are like I copy the first two sentences of the first essay:

WRITERS on mythology speak habitually of the religion of the
Greeks. In thus speaking, they are really using a misleading
expression, and should speak rather of religions; each race and class
of Greeks--the Dorians, the people of the coast, the fishers--having
had a religion of its own, conceived of the objects that came nearest
to it and were most in its thoughts, and the resulting usages and
ideas never having come to have a precisely harmonised system, after
the analogy of some other religions.

I recommend this book only to people who are very, very intested in Ancient Greek History and don't mind long sentences.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Greek Studies May 14, 2013
By David
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I'm sure the book is interesting, I have not read it yet but when I do read it I'm sure I will enjoy it
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