An elaborately written philosophical novel of ancient Rome which incorporates a retelling of Apuleius' story of Cupid and Psyche. It was as a critic and a humanist that Walter Pater (1839-1894), professor at Oxford, led the revival of interest in Renaissance art and humanism, becoming a powerful influence on his own and succeeding generations, ...
An elaborately written philosophical novel of ancient Rome which incorporates a retelling of Apuleius' story of Cupid and Psyche. It was as a critic and a humanist that Walter Pater (1839-1894), professor at Oxford, led the revival of interest in Renaissance art and humanism, becoming a powerful influence on his own and succeeding generations, claiming disciples as diverse as Virginia Woolf and Ezra Pound. This philosophic novel is generally considered his masterpiece. It is the story of a young man's spiritual and aesthetic awakening in ancient Rome. Marius, a grave and thoughtful man, reacts to the diverse philosophical forces of his times by journeying from Stoicism to Cyrenaicism to Epicureanism, and finally to Christianity. The Golden Book of Lucius Apuleius, the stoicism of Marcus Aurelius, the tranquil beauties of the old Roman religion, and the lurid horrors of the Christian persecution are interestingly and imaginatively depicted. "A style of perfectly finished beauty, full of an exquisite restraint, and, after all, only the fitting and adequate expression of the exactest thinking." --Athenaeum "Any one who cares to think on counsels of perfection for man's life will find profound and original thought about the ideal elements still at hand in modern days for use, and many wise reflections, sown among these pages. It is a rare work and not carelessly to be read. Some exquisiteness of taste, some delight in scholarship, some knowledge of what is best worth knowing in the historic expressions of man's aspiration, and, above all, that 'inward tacitness of mind' the reader must bring to its perusal." --Nation "The polish of the style, the depth and refinement of the thought, the picturesque descriptions, and the lofty sentiment of the book as a whole, together with the beautiful gravity and impressiveness that mark it generally, make it a work far out of the ordinary current of fiction." --Boston Saturday Evening Gazette
Fair. Burgundy cloth covered boards; no dust jacket; spine faded with frayed ends; covers rubbed and soiled with corner wear; Ex library with typical stamps and markings; Interior clean and unmarked with toning; interior front hinge split, first section of pages, half title through contents pages loose; 6 3/4"-7 3/4" Tall; 351 pgs.
Fair. B004BYIO72 Reading copy with considerable wear. May have marking in text. Binding may be cracked; all pages present. Does not include dust jacket. We sometimes source from libraries. We ship in recyclable American-made mailers. 100% money-back guarantee on all orders.
Good. HB, The Book League of America, New York, 1929. Blue cloth on boards is showing bumped corners shelf wear, owner's name on fep, light pencil margin marks, slightly weak hinges, contents are bright, clean and tight. Good.
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