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1. Comparative view of the present and the past periods.-2. Distinctive

characteristics of the Attic period. The Athenians deficient in the
imaginative faculty. Altered positions of Athens and Sparta in regard
to polite culture. — 3. Causes of the change. The Athenians deficient
in inventive genius; and in musical talent. Decline of elegant culture
in Sparta. — 4. Political vicissitudes of Greece during the Attic period.
- 5. General view of Greek literature from 560 to 510 B.C. Pisi-
stratus. His literary circle. The Pisistratidæ. Polycrates of Samos.
Backward state of Attic literature during the “ Tyranny.” Poetry
and prose flourish in the Ionian colonies. – 6. General view of Greek
literature from 510 B.C. to the close of the Peloponnesian war in 404
B.C. Poetry. Prose literature.—7. General view of Greek literature
from 404 B. c. to the close of the Attic period. — 8. State of educa-
tion in Greece during the Attic period. Schools and schoolmasters.
Libraries. Book trade.-9. Patrons of literature. [Pisistratidæ.
Polycrates.] Pericles.-10. His connexion with Aspasia. Hiero of
Syracuse. The Dionysii. The Macedonian monarchs Page 1

1. First essays in prose writing long precede a popular prose literature.

Laws. Rhetræ of Lycurgus. Draco. Solon. Peloponnesian archives.

-2. Rise of popular prose composition. Cadmus. Pherecydes. Acu-

silaus. Eumelus. Aristeas. Epimenides. — 3. Restriction of early

Greek metrical history to mythical subjects. — 4. Causes of that re-

striction. Similar restriction of earliest prose history. First appli-

cation of prose to philosophical subjects. - 5. Geography the mother

of authentic history. Aristeas of Proconnesus. Anaximander and

Hecatæus of Miletus. Scylax. — 6. Genealogical literature. First

essays in authentic history. Charon of Lampsacus. Other early

historians.—7. Greek technical chronology. Earliest chronologers.

Charon of Lampsacus. Hellanicus. Olympic register.— 8. Definition

and origin of the Olympic era. Hippias. Aristotle. Timæus. 9.

Olympiad of Coræbus ; Olympiad of lpbitus and Lycurgus. Identity

of the two eras.-10. Philosophical literature. Its slow progress.—11.

Rhetoric. Theagenes of Rhegium. Rhapsodists. Sicilian masters.

Sophists. Definition and character of. — 12. Gorgias. Protagoras.

Prodicus. Hippias. Early Attic orators. Thrasymachus. Theo-

dorus. Grammatical works. — 13. Miscellaneous prose literature.

Fable. Æsop. Other branches of popular prose. - 14. Greek prose

style. Style as dependent on dialect. Early Ionic prose. Its variety

of usage. - 15. Attic prose. — 16. Style as dependent on structure and

composition. “ Sententious" style. – 17. “ Periodic" style. Gorgias.

Lysias. Perfection of Attic style. Later vicissitudes of Ionic style.

A defect of the classical Attic style

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1. Epitome of the text. - 2. Research of Herodotus. How to be cri.

tically estimated. Definition of the Greek term 'loropin, History.

Different kinds of historical evidence. — 3. Period of history treated

by Herodotus. His neglect of the mythical age. His historical sources.

-4. Previous historians. Hecatæus. Xanthus. — 5. Charon of Lamp-

Hippys. Antiochus. Stesimbrotus.

Hellanicus. Geogra-

phers.—6. Monumental records. Oral testimony.—7. Mythical legend,

rules for appreciating its historical value. - 8. Application of those


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