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There flow'ry hill Hymettus with the sound-
the summer advances, in his drus on the banks and at the fifty-first sonnet; and Milton spring of this pleasant river.himself describes it singing χαριεντα γουν και καθαρα και διαφανη
τα υδατια φαινεται, Νonne hinc While the jolly hours lead on propitious May,
aquulæ puræ ac pellucidæ juin his Sonnet to the Nightingale: Serr. vol. iii. p. 229. The philo
cundo murmure confluunt? Ed. but in various other places the song
of the nightingale is one of sophical retreat at the springhis favourite circumstances of head is beautifully described by description, when he is painting Socrates and Phædrus are repre
Plato in the next page, where a summer's night. Dunster. 247. There flow'ry hill Hymet- shaded with a spreading plantain,
sented sitting on a green bank tus &c.] And so Valerius Flaccus of which Cicero hath said very calls it Florea juga Hymetti, Argonaut. v. 344. and the honey prettily, that it seemeth to have was so much esteemed and cele grown not so much by the water brated by the ancients, that it
which is described, as by Plato's eloquence; quæ
mihi videtur non was reckoned the best of the Attie honey, as the Attic honey quam Platonis
oratione crevisse. tam ipsa aquula, quæ describitur,
De Orat. 1. 7. world. The poets often speak
253. Lyceum there, and painted of the murmur of the bees as in
Stoa next:] Lyceum was another viting to sleep, Virg. Ecl. i. 56.
gymnasium of the Athenians, and j; Sæpe levi somnum suadebit inire su- was the school of Aristotle, who
had been tutor to Alexander the but Milton gives a more elegant Great, and was the founder of turn to it, and says that it invites the sect of the Peripatetics, so to studious musing, which was called από του περιπατειν from his more proper indeed for his pur. walking and teaching philosophy. pose, as he is here describing the Stoa was the school of Zeno, Attic learning.
whose disciples from the place 249. there Ilissüs rolls had the name of Stoics; and
His whisp'ring stream:] this Stoa or portico, being aMr. Calton and Mr. Thyer have dorned with variety of paintings, observed with me, that Plato was called in Greek Tosxian or hath laid the scene of his Phæ various, and here by Milton very
There thou shalt hear and learn the secret power ..??
properly the painted Stoa. See painted, principally by PolygnoDiogenes Laertius in the lives of tus, with representations of the Aristotle and Zeno. But there most renowned of the Athenian is some reason to question, whe- victories, such as those of Mather the Lyceum was within the rathon and Salamis; hence Perwalls, as Milton asserts. For sius, sat. iii. 53. Suidas says expressly, that it was
Quæque docet sapiens, braccatis illita a place in the suburbs, built by
Medis, Pericles for the exercising of sol. Porticus diers : and I find the scholiast The porch, with trowser'd Persians upon Aristophanes in the Irene pictur'd o'er. [Howes.] speaks of going into the Lyceum, On the origin of the name of the and going out of it again, and Peripatetics see the note below returning back into the city :
on v. 278. Dunster. το Λυκειον εισιoντες -- και σαλιν 257. Æolian charms and Doεξιοντες εκ του Λυκείου, και απιοντές rian lyric odes,] Æolian charms, εις την πολι».
Æolia carmina, verses such as 253. That the Lyceum stood those of Alcæus and Sappho, who without the walls clearly appears were both of Mitylene in Les. from the beginning of Plato's bos, an island belonging to the Lysis ; see also Strabo, 1. ix. p. Æolians. Hor. Od. iii. xxx. 13. 397. Its establishment has been
Princeps Eolium carmen ad Italos attributed both to Pisistratus and
Fingent Æolio carmine nobilem. writer (Sympos. viii. q. 4.) says, Dorian lyric' odes, such as those that it was dedicated to Apollo, of Pindar, who calls his America as the god of healing, because pogumnya the Dorian harp, Olymp. health alone can furnish the re- i. 26. Δωριο πεδιλα Dorian buskin, quisite strength for the corporeal Olymp. iii. 9. Angist ropeço Dorian
. Δωριει κομο exercises of the place. From hymn, Pyth. viii. 29. the epithets of Apollo, Auxios, 257. -charms] Our EngAuxnyerns, A vxoxtovos, (not the wolf- lish word charm is derived from slaying God, but the extender of carmen; as are inchant and inlight, from auxos or auxn, lux, and cantation from canto. Dunster, εκτεινω, as also Λυκηγένης signifes 258. And his who gave them not born in Lyciu, but producer breath, &c.] Our author agrees of light,) the Lyceum probably with those writers, who speak of derived its name.
The Stoa was Homer as the father of all kinds 260
Blind Melesigenes thence Homer callid,
of poetry. Such wise men as thus Milton in his Preface to Dionysius the Halicarnassean, Sams. Agon. “ Tragedy, as it and Plutarch, have attempted to was anciently composed, hath shew, that poetry in all its forms, ever been held the gravest, motragedy, comedy, ode, and epi- ralest, and most profitable of all taph, are included in his works. other poems, &c." Dunster, See the ingenious author of the 262. In Chorus or Iambic,] Inquiry into the life and writings These may be said to be the two of Homer enlarging upon this constituent parts of the ancient subject, sect. 12. Blind Melisi- tragedy, which was written either genes thence Homer called ; our in lambic verse, or in verses of author here follows Herodotus various measures, whereof the in his account of the life of Ho- Chorus usually consisted. And mer, that he was born near the the character here given of the river Meles, from whence he had ancient Greek tragedy is very the name of Melesigenes, tiberat just and noble; and the English ovopol Tau
παιδι Μελεσιγενεα, απο του reader cannot form a better idea ποταμου την επωνυμιαν λαβουσα, and of it in its highest beauty and because he was blind, thence he perfection than by reading our was called Homer, open ógav, tvTEUDLY author's Samson Agonistes. δε και τουνομα “Ομηρος επεκράτησε το
262. -teachers best Μελησιγενει απο της συμφορης οι yog
Of moral prudence, &c.] Κυμαιοι τους τυφλους ομηρους λόγου- This description particularly ap
Whose poem Phoebus chal- plies to Euripides, who, next to lenged for his own, alluding to a Homer, was Milton's favourite Greek epigram in the first book Greek author. See Quinctilian, of the Anthologia,
X. c. 1. And Aulus Gellius,
1. xi. c. 4. Aristotle takes almost Ηειδον μεν εγων, εχάρασσε δε θειος Ομηρος, all his examples of sentences which Mr. Fenton has enlarged from Euripides. (Rhetoric. ii. c. and applied to Mr. Pope's Eng- 22.) See Bp. Hurd's note on lish Iliad.
Horace's art of Poetry, v. 219. 261. -the lofty grave trage- for an admirable account of the dians,] These are the epithets reasons why the Greek Tragic usually applied to tragedy by poets introduced in their pieces the ancients, as Quintilian, 1. x. so great an abundance of moral c. 1. Claudian, De Mall. Theod. precepts, and why they were Cons. 314. Ovid, Trist. 1. ii. el. with such delight received. Duni. 381. and 553. Horace, in his ster. Ode to Asinius Pollio. And
In brief sententious precepts, while they treat
264. Of fate, and chance, and does Milton's versification in this
change in human life and the following lines concernHigh actions, and high passions ing the Socratic philosophy exbest describing :)
press what he is describing! In The most usual arguments of the first we feel as it were the the Greek tragic writers (and nervous rapid eloquence of Deindeed of their
epic poets also) mosthenes, and the latter have were the accomplishment of some all the gentleness and softness of oracle, or some supposed decree the humble modest character of of fate. But the incidents which Socrates. Thyer. led to the destined event, accord. 268. Those ancient,] For Miling to their system, depended on ton was of the same opinion as chance. Fute and chance then Cicero, who preferred Pericles, furnished the subject and inci. Hyperides, Æschines, Demodents of their dramas, whilst the sthenes, and the orators of their catastrophe produced the peri- times, to Demetrius Phalereus petia, or change of fortune. The and those of the subsequent ages. history of Edipus, one of their See Cicero de claris Oratoribus. principal dramatic subjects, was And in the judgment of Quinhere perhaps in our poet's mind; tilian Demetrius Phalereus was and it affords a striking exem
the first who weakened eloplification of the preceding re- quence, and the last almost of marks. Change in human life the Athenians who can be called however might not only refer to an orator; is primus inclinasse the pathetic catastrophes of the eloquentiam dicitur-ultimus est Greek tragedy, since it sometimes fere ex Atticis qui dici possit formed, as in the Edipus Colo- orator. De Instit. Orat. x. i. neus, the entire argument of their 270. -and fulmin'd over pieces. High actions, the schot Greece,] Alluding (as Mr. Jortin #pagess of Aristotle, refer to fate has likewise observed) to what and chance, the arguments and Aristophanes has said of Pericles incidents of tragedy; high pas- in his Acharnenses, act ii. sc. 5. sions to the peripetia, or change of fortune, which included the Εστραπτεν, εβροντα, ξυνεχυκα στην Ελ.
λαδα. Tæbos or affecting part. Dunster. παθ
267. Thence to the famous ora- Since I have mentioned this pas tors repair, &c.] How happily sage, I will add, that Cicero has
To Macedon and Artaxerxes' throne rossbotica visi
1 alluded to it in, his Orator 9. Persian king, .so Demosthenes speaking of Pericles. 'Qui si was the orator particularly, who tenui genere uteretur, 'nunquam fulmined over Greece to Macedon ab Aristophane poeta fulgere, to against king Philip in his oranare, permiscere Græciam dictus tions, therefore denominated esset. Diodorus Siculus has Philippics. quoted it likewise lib. 12. and 273. From heav'n descended to ascribed it to Eupolis the poet,
the low-roof'd house the same who is mentioned by Of Socrates ;] Horace.
Mr. Calton thinks the author alEupolis, atque Cratinus, Aristopha- ludes to Juv. Sat. xi. 27. nesque poetæ.
--e celo descendit γνωθι σεαυτον, και παλιν εν αλλοις Ευπολις ο ποιητης
as this famous Delphic precept Περικλεης ολυμπιος Ησραπτ', was the foundation of Socrates's έβροντα, συνεκικα την Ελλαδα. Ci- philosophy, and so much used cero had at first fallen into the by him, that it hath passed with same mistake as Diodorus, which some for his own. Or as Mr. is often the case of writers who Warburton and Mr. Thyer conquote by memory, and therefore ceive, the author here probably desires Atticus to correct the alludes to what Cicero says of copies, and for Eupolis to put Socrates, Socrates autem primus in Aristophanes. Cic. ad Att. philosophiam devocavit e caelo,
et in urbibus collocavit, et in 270. See Kuster's note on the domus etiam introduxit. Tusc. passage in Aristophanes for the Disp. v. 4. But he has given a various authors who have alluded very different sense to the words to it; but he has omitted Quinc- either by design or mistake, as tilian, lib. ii. c. 16. and lib. xii. Mr. Warburton observes. It is c. 10. In the eleventh Æn. properly called the low-roofed 383, Virgil makes Turnus say to house ; for I believe, said SoDrances,
crates, that if I could meet with
a good purchaser, I might easily Proinde tona eloquio ; solitum tibi
for my goods and house and Cicero (Ep. ad Attic. xv. 1.) all five pounds. Eyou peso Ospecer speaks of the fulmina Demosthe- (εφη ο Σωκρατης) επ' αγαθου ωνητου nis; and Longinus also (c. xxxii.) £TITUXObelt, sigern αν μου συν τη δικιά says of Demosthenes, καταβροντα και τα οντα παντα πανυ ραδιως πεντε και καταφέγγει του απ' αιώνος ρητο- μνας. Xenophon, Economic. five gas, %. 7. a. Dunster.
minas or Attic pounds were bet271. To Macedon and Arta- ter than sixteen pounds of our serxes' throne:) As Pericles and money, a mina, according to others fulinined over Greece to Barnard, being three pounds Artaxerxes" throne against the eight shillings and nine pence.