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Marius the Epicurean — Volume 2   By: (1839-1894)

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MARIUS THE EPICUREAN, VOLUME TWO

WALTER HORATIO PATER

London: 1910. (The Library Edition.)

NOTES BY THE E TEXT EDITOR:

Notes: The 1910 Library Edition employs footnotes, a style inconvenient in an electronic edition. I have therefore placed an asterisk immediately after each of Pater's footnotes and a sign after my own notes, and have listed each chapter's notes at that chapter's end.

Pagination and Paragraphing: To avoid an unwieldy electronic copy, I have transferred original pagination to brackets. A bracketed numeral such as [22] indicates that the material immediately following the number marks the beginning of the relevant page. I have preserved paragraph structure except for first line indentation.

Hyphenation: I have not preserved original hyphenation since an e text does not require line end or page end hyphenation.

Greek typeface: For this full text edition, I have transliterated Pater's Greek quotations. If there is a need for the original Greek, it can be viewed at my site, http://www.ajdrake.com/etexts, a Victorianist archive that contains the complete works of Walter Pater and many other nineteenth century texts, mostly in first editions.

MARIUS THE EPICUREAN, VOLUME TWO

WALTER PATER

Cheimerinos oneiros, hote mêkistai hai vyktes.

"A winter's dream, when nights are longest." Lucian, The Dream, Vol. 3.

CONTENTS

PART THE THIRD

15. Stoicism at Court: 3 13 16. Second Thoughts: 14 28 17. Beata Urbs: 29 40 18. "The Ceremony of the Dart": 41 56 19. The Will as Vision: 57 72

PART THE FOURTH

20. Two Curious Houses 1. Guests: 75 91 21. Two Curious Houses 2. The Church in Cecilia's House: 92 108 22. "The Minor Peace of the Church": 109 127 23. Divine Service: 128 140 24. A Conversation Not Imaginary: 141 171 25. Sunt Lacrimae Rerum: 172 185 26. The Martyrs: 186 196 27. The Triumph of Marcus Aurelius: 197 207 28. Anima Naturaliter Christiana: 208 224

PART THE THIRD

CHAPTER XV: STOICISM AT COURT

[3] THE very finest flower of the same company Aurelius with the gilded fasces borne before him, a crowd of exquisites, the empress Faustina herself, and all the elegant blue stockings of the day, who maintained, people said, their private "sophists" to whisper philosophy into their ears winsomely as they performed the duties of the toilet was assembled again a few months later, in a different place and for a very different purpose. The temple of Peace, a "modernising" foundation of Hadrian, enlarged by a library and lecture rooms, had grown into an institution like something between a college and a literary club; and here Cornelius Fronto was to pronounce a discourse on the Nature of Morals. There were some, indeed, who had desired the emperor Aurelius himself to declare his whole mind on this matter. Rhetoric was become almost a function of the state: philosophy was upon the throne; and had from time to time, by [4] request, delivered an official utterance with well nigh divine authority. And it was as the delegate of this authority, under the full sanction of the philosophic emperor emperor and pontiff, that the aged Fronto purposed to day to expound some parts of the Stoic doctrine, with the view of recommending morals to that refined but perhaps prejudiced company, as being, in effect, one mode of comeliness in things as it were music, or a kind of artistic order, in life. And he did this earnestly, with an outlay of all his science of mind, and that eloquence of which he was known to be a master. For Stoicism was no longer a rude and unkempt thing. Received at court, it had largely decorated itself: it was grown persuasive and insinuating, and sought not only to convince men's intelligence but to allure their souls. Associated with the beautiful old age of the great rhetorician, and his winning voice, it was almost Epicurean. And the old man was at his best on the occasion; the last on which he ever appeared in this way... Continue reading book >>


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