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of neglect or condemnation by attempting a composition in blank verse. He will not, however, presume to undertake the defence of a metre, which, in the brightest period of our literature, has been vindicated by the arguments, and sanctioned by the adoption of the greatest masters of English poetry; but will content himself with suggesting its peculiar appropriation to a Grecian theme, and with pleading his own predilection for what he considers the noblest measure of our noble and energetic language.
In the Notes, he has been anxious to remark, whereever an opportunity offered, the remains of manners and customs preserved from their ancestors by the present race of Greeks, and to illustrate either from his own observation, or from the incomparable authors of antiquity, the general appearance of a country, of which almost every mountain, and river, and valley is celebrated in History or Song. For this purpose he has given copious extracts from his Journal; and though he is sensible that he might, by revising the original descriptions, have corrected many inaccuracies of expression, vet he has chosen to leave them unaltered, in the persuasion, that a faithful outline made on the spot is more valuable than an elaborate picture finished from recollection. As some excuse for the marks of haste, inelegance, and inattention which these extracts too generally exhibit, he may perhaps be allowed to mention that they were frequently written after long and fatiguing journeys, and under the influence of all those privations and difficulties which every Grecian traveller must encounter in his tour.
The engravings which accompany the work are accurate copies of sketches taken by the Author, and he is therefore accountable for their fidelity.
Greece, Part I. - - - - p. 1
Part II. - - - - 41
Part 111. 83
Notes and Illustrations to Part I. - 121
Notes and Illustrations to Part II. - - 169
Notes and Illustrations to Part III. - - 239
Cassandra, - - - - - 293
P. 14, line 3, place a stop after traveller.
172, seven lines from the bottom, for Lycabattus, read Lycabettus.
174, note, two lines from the bottom, for Governor, read Government.
178, note, second line from the bottom, put a figure of reference 6 to Plato in Crit.
188, seventh line, place a comma, instead of a full stop, after solebat.
194, note, for Con. read Corn.
199, note, place the figure of reference * to jSischy1. Agam. and the figure * to
219,1. 4. transpose the figure of reference 4, from centuries, to Athens.
DIRECTIONS TO THE BINDER.
View of the Summit of Mount Pindus, - to face p. 11
View of Thermopylae, - - 25
The mountain on the right is (Eta; the sea is part of the Malian Gulph; the distant hills are part of Euboea; the pass was between (Eta and the sea.
View of Parnassus and Delphi, - 31
Castalia descends through the chasm between the two peaks; the peaks were called Cirrha and Nisa, on one of which was a temple of Apollo and Diana, on the other a temple of Bacchus. Delphi stood nearly on the site of the modern town, and the great temple of Apollo was immediately under the rock, nearly above the two figures. The distant mountain on the right it Cirphis; and the road which passes between Cirphis and Parnassus, was called Schists.
View of the Pnyx and Acropolis, - 45
The three large steps formed the bema, on which the orators spoke. All the light part of the foreground is the Pnyx. The hill in the middle distance is the Acropolis, with part of the Propylaea on the left, the ruins of the Parthenon in the centre, and
the tuins of the Theatre on the right. The distant mountain is Hymettus.
View of the Temple of Theseus, ... 55
View of the Acropolis, Parthenon, aud Columns of Adrian, - 65
View of the Ancient Gate of Mycenae, - 90
View of the Ruins of a Temple near Andruzzena, - 96
View of Sparta, - - - - 105
The ruined tower on the left is part of Old Sparta; the distant mountain is Tay. getus, the highest top of which is covered with snow; the modern town of Mistra is at the foot of Taygetus on the right, above the two cypresses. The distance from Sparta to Miatra, across the plain, is about two miles.