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Lucian, The Hall, 3


nanNor will his tribute consist in mere praise of the building. It was well enough, no doubt, for the islander Telemachus to express his boyish amazement in the palace of Menelaus, and to liken that prince's gold and ivory to the glories of Heaven; –his limited experience afforded him no earthly parallel: but here, the very use to which the hall is put, and the distinguished quality of the audience, are an essential part of the praise bestowed upon it. Nothing, surely, could be more delightful than to find this noble building thrown open for the reception of eloquent praise, its atmosphere laden with panegyric, its very walls reechoing, cavern-like, to every syllable, prolonging each cadence, dwelling on each period;–nay, they are themselves an audience, most appreciative of audiences, that stores up the speaker's words in memory, and recompenses his efforts with a meed of most harmonious flattery. Even so do the rocks resound to the shepherd's flute; the notes come ringing back again, and simple rustics think it is the voice of some maid, who dwells among the crags, and from the depths of her rocky haunt makes answer to their songs and their cries.


nanNor will his tribute consist in mere praise of the building. It was well enough, no doubt, for the islander Telemachus to express his boyish amazement in the palace of Menelaus, and to liken that prince's gold and ivory to the glories of Heaven;–his limited experience afforded him no earthly parallel: but here, the very use to which the hall is put, and the distinguished quality of the audience, are an essential part of the praise bestowed upon it.Nothing, surely, could be more delightful than to find this noble building thrown open for the reception of eloquent praise, its atmosphere laden with panegyric, its very walls reechoing, cavern like, to every syllable, prolonging each cadence, dwelling on each period;–nay, they are themselves an audience, most appreciative of audiences, that stores up the speaker's words in memory, and recompenses his efforts with a meed of most harmonious flattery. Even so do the rocks resound to the shepherd's flute; the notes come ringing back again, and simple rustics think it is the voice of some maid, who dwells among the crags, and from the depths of her rocky haunt makes answer to their songs and their cries.


Intertexts (texts cited often on the same page as the searched text):

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1. Homer, Odyssey, 9.83-9.104 (8th cent. BCE - 7th cent. BCE)

2. Plato, Symposium, None (5th cent. BCE - 4th cent. BCE)

214b. or sing over the cup? Are we going to drink just like any thirsty folk?
3. Lucian, The Hall, 1 (2nd cent. CE - 2nd cent. CE)

1. As Alexander stood gazing at the transparent loveliness of the Cydnus, the thought of a plunge into those generous depths, of the delicious shock of ice cold waters amid summer heat, was too much for him; and could he have foreseen the illness that was to result from it, I believe he would have had his bath just the same. With such an example before him, can anyone whose pursuits are literary miss a chance of airing his eloquence amid the glories of this spacious hall, wherein gold sheds all its lustre, whose walls are decked with the flowers of art, whose light is as the light of the sun? Shall he who might cause this roof to ring with applause, and contribute his humble share to the splendours of the place,–shall such a one content himself with examining and admiring its beauties without a word, and so depart, like one that is dumb, or silent from envy?
4. Pausanias, Description of Greece, 2.26.8-2.26.9 (2nd cent. CE - 2nd cent. CE)

2.26.8. There is other evidence that the god was born in Epidaurus for I find that the most famous sanctuaries of Asclepius had their origin from Epidaurus . In the first place, the Athenians, who say that they gave a share of their mystic rites to Asclepius, call this day of the festival Epidauria, and they allege that their worship of Asclepius dates from then. Again, when Archias, son of Aristaechmus, was healed in Epidauria after spraining himself while hunting about Pindasus, he brought the cult to Pergamus . 2.26.9. From the one at Pergamus has been built in our own day the sanctuary of Asclepius by the sea at Smyrna . Further, at Balagrae of the Cyreneans there is an Asclepius called Healer, who like the others came from Epidaurus . From the one at Cyrene was founded the sanctuary of Asclepius at Lebene, in Crete . There is this difference between the Cyreneans and the Epidaurians, that whereas the former sacrifice goats, it is against the custom of the Epidaurians to do so.
5. Marinus, Vita Proclus, 23.22-23.29 (4th cent. CE - 5th cent. CE)



Subjects of this text:

subject book bibliographic info
alcibiades Trapp et al., In Praise of Asclepius: Selected Prose Hymns (2016) 58
allegory, allegorical exegesis Corrigan and Rasimus, Gnosticism, Platonism and the Late Ancient World (2013) 430
antitypoi Corrigan and Rasimus, Gnosticism, Platonism and the Late Ancient World (2013) 430
archias Trapp et al., In Praise of Asclepius: Selected Prose Hymns (2016) 58
argonauts Trapp et al., In Praise of Asclepius: Selected Prose Hymns (2016) 58
aristaechmus Trapp et al., In Praise of Asclepius: Selected Prose Hymns (2016) 58
aristides Trapp et al., In Praise of Asclepius: Selected Prose Hymns (2016) 58
asclepieum Trapp et al., In Praise of Asclepius: Selected Prose Hymns (2016) 58
asclepius, cult of Trapp et al., In Praise of Asclepius: Selected Prose Hymns (2016) 58
asclepius, sons of Trapp et al., In Praise of Asclepius: Selected Prose Hymns (2016) 58
asclepius Trapp et al., In Praise of Asclepius: Selected Prose Hymns (2016) 58
colchis Trapp et al., In Praise of Asclepius: Selected Prose Hymns (2016) 58
dioscuri Trapp et al., In Praise of Asclepius: Selected Prose Hymns (2016) 58
dura europos, synagogue Leibner and Hezser, Jewish Art in Its Late Antique Context (2016) 102
echo Corrigan and Rasimus, Gnosticism, Platonism and the Late Ancient World (2013) 430
ekphrasis Leibner and Hezser, Jewish Art in Its Late Antique Context (2016) 102
encomium Trapp et al., In Praise of Asclepius: Selected Prose Hymns (2016) 58
epidaurus Trapp et al., In Praise of Asclepius: Selected Prose Hymns (2016) 58
eryximachus Trapp et al., In Praise of Asclepius: Selected Prose Hymns (2016) 58
gods Trapp et al., In Praise of Asclepius: Selected Prose Hymns (2016) 58
homer Leibner and Hezser, Jewish Art in Its Late Antique Context (2016) 102
hymn Trapp et al., In Praise of Asclepius: Selected Prose Hymns (2016) 58
incubation, incubation building Trapp et al., In Praise of Asclepius: Selected Prose Hymns (2016) 58
intellect, triad Corrigan and Rasimus, Gnosticism, Platonism and the Late Ancient World (2013) 430
literacy Leibner and Hezser, Jewish Art in Its Late Antique Context (2016) 102
liturgy Leibner and Hezser, Jewish Art in Its Late Antique Context (2016) 102
lotophagi Trapp et al., In Praise of Asclepius: Selected Prose Hymns (2016) 58
machaon Trapp et al., In Praise of Asclepius: Selected Prose Hymns (2016) 58
neoplatonism Corrigan and Rasimus, Gnosticism, Platonism and the Late Ancient World (2013) 430
odysseus Trapp et al., In Praise of Asclepius: Selected Prose Hymns (2016) 58
pergamum Trapp et al., In Praise of Asclepius: Selected Prose Hymns (2016) 58
philanthropia Trapp et al., In Praise of Asclepius: Selected Prose Hymns (2016) 58
plato Corrigan and Rasimus, Gnosticism, Platonism and the Late Ancient World (2013) 430; Trapp et al., In Praise of Asclepius: Selected Prose Hymns (2016) 58
plutarch of athens Corrigan and Rasimus, Gnosticism, Platonism and the Late Ancient World (2013) 430
podalirius Trapp et al., In Praise of Asclepius: Selected Prose Hymns (2016) 58
proclus Corrigan and Rasimus, Gnosticism, Platonism and the Late Ancient World (2013) 430
theurgy, theurgist Corrigan and Rasimus, Gnosticism, Platonism and the Late Ancient World (2013) 430
troy Trapp et al., In Praise of Asclepius: Selected Prose Hymns (2016) 58
voice Corrigan and Rasimus, Gnosticism, Platonism and the Late Ancient World (2013) 430
wall painting' Leibner and Hezser, Jewish Art in Its Late Antique Context (2016) 102
water Trapp et al., In Praise of Asclepius: Selected Prose Hymns (2016) 58