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es of Lysias than of Demosthenes. Among the poets Aristophanes produces a whole gallery of cont

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emporary characters, but indistinctly and in vague outlines; they were what would now be called “originals from the street” who, during the performance of his comedies, sat among the

  • s of ancient authors than the idea that
  • private life could contain anything worth no
  • ting. Herodotus and Thucydides narrated little
  • or nothing of what the novelists
  • of the present day seek, nay, ev
en among the orators onl

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spectators, and whom he only needed to mention to evoke the laughter of the crowd. Something more may be gathered

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from Lucian and Apuleius, together with the better “Milesian” tales, especially from Heliodorus and Achilles Ta

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tius while, on the contrary, the great Alexandrian lumber-room, owed to Athenaeus, contains more gewgaws of learni

malesuada fames turpis.

ng and curiosa than really marked characteristics. iii In the obscure recesses of Greek literature, where we ar

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e abandoned by all translators, and where—as everybody knows who has devoted himself to the interpretation of the

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classics—only short excursions can be made, we are sometimes surprised at finding, by pure accident, useful matt

  • er. Dion Chrysostomus (VII) gives extremely interesting descriptions of life in the Greek villages and commercial towns. But what is discovered is always so scattered that only a few notes can be obtained from numerous volumes. When I decided to turn what I had read to account, I was fully aware that a presentation of ancient life in the f

    y scattere d details are
  • orm of a romance or novel was one of the most difficult ?sthetic tasks which could be undertaken. If, nevertheless, I devoted myself to it, I naturally regarded the work only as an experiment. In choosing the narrow frame-work of short stories I set before myself this purpose—to sketch the ordinary figures of ancient life on a historical

    found, and s trangely enough th
  • background. I have—resting step by step on the classic writers—endeavored to present some pictures of ancient times; but I have no more desired to exalt former ages at the expense of our own than the contrary. As to the mode of treatment—I have steadily intended to keep the representations objective, and to avoid using foreign words or giv

    ere are more in the speech

ing the dialogues a form so anci

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