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Some Account of the Modern ATHENIANS.

From Stuart’s Antiquities of Athens. '

To the Authors of the BRITISH MAGAZINE: GEXTLEMEN, The following account of the present state of a people, now oppressed by flavery, and immersed in the groffest ignorance, who were once the more famous in the world, for valour and genius, for arts and learning, will probably be pleasing to several of your curious readers. The opportunity Mr. Stuart had, from his long refidence at Athens, of becoming intimately acquainted with the genius and disposition of this people, and his well-known abilities to discern and describe, will naturally remove any fufpicions that may be entertained concerning the authenticity of what he has asserted.

I am, &c. W. B.

THE Athenians have perhaps to two or three persons who practife

1 this day more vivacity, more painting ; but whatever genius we genius, and a politer address, than may be attempted to allow them, any other people in the Turkish do- they have indeed very little fcience: minions. Oppressed as they are at they seem never to have heard of present, they always oppose, with anatomy, or of the effect of light great courage and wonderful faga- and shade ; though they still retain city, every addition to their burden, fome imperfect notions of perspective which an avaricious or cruel governor and of proportion. The Athenians may attempt to lay on them. Dur- are great lovers of music, and geneing our ftay, they, by their intrigues, rally play on an instrument, which drove away three of their governors, they call a lyra, though it is not for extortion and mal-adminiftra- made like the ancient lyre, but ratioa; two of whom were impri- ther like a guittar, or mandola. foned, and reduced to the greatest This they accompany with the voice: distress. They want not for artful and very frequently with extempore speakers and busy politicians, so far verfes, which they have a ready fa as relates to the affairs of their own culty at compofing. city; and it is remarkable enough, There is great sprightliness and that the coffee house, which this spe. expression in the countenances of cies of men frequent, stands wirbin both sexes, and their persons are the precin&t of the ancient Poikile. well proportioned. The men have Some of their priests have the repu- a due mixture of strength and agitation of being learned men, and lity, without the least appearance of excellent preachers. The most ad- heaviness. The women have a pemired of them, in our time, was the culiar elegance of form and of manabbot of St. Cyrianée, a convent on ner ; they excel in embroidery and Mount Hymettus; he is a man of all kinds of peedle-work. great reading, and delivers himself The air of Attica is extremely with becoming gesture, and a plea: healthy. Ang fluency of elocution. Here are The articles of commerce which

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ANECDOTES of ibe celebrated LA FONTAINE. T A Fontaine was accounted, in apartment and all necessaries in her L his time, the most celebrated house; who, one day having turned fabulift in France. His fables have away all her servants in a pet, devaft merit, and his tales are humo- clared that she had kept but three rous, but indelicate. His humour animals in her house, which were was exceedingly averfe to confine- her dog, her cat, and La Fontaine, ment, or restraint of any kind, yet In this situation he continued twenty to oblige his parents he suffered years, during which time he became himself to be married ; and, though perfectly acquainted with all the wits the most unfeeling and insensible of of his time, with Moliere, Racine, mortals, was yet so far captivated by Boileau, Chapelle, &c. the wit and beauty of his wife, that The delights of Paris, and the he never performed any confiderable conversation of these gentlemen, did work without consulting her. not hinder him from paying

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40. great danger of losing his nearness in blood, though in truth life, Lewis at length arrived at An- the king and she were hardly cousins. tioch, where Raymond de Poitiers, There, and other subjects of chagrio, his wife's uncle, was then prince. at length determined the king to He was received with all possible de- quit Antioch, and to repair to Jerumonf.rations of kindness and polite. falem; where the emperor Conrad ness, his troops furnished with every was already arrived. But the queen, thing necessary, and, by the arrival who was very well pleased with the of succours from Italy, by sea, his fine country in which they were, army was once more become very and still better with the prince to respectable. This gleam of prof whom it belonged, was not in such perity lasted not long. The king hafte. However Lewis took a proquickly found that the prince of per opportunity, and, seizing one of Antioch had merely his own interest the gates in the night, marched out in view, and was desirous of employ with his forces; and having afleming the French troops in extending bled those that lay in the neighthe bounds of bis principality, by bourhood, fent her before him to Jee · reducing several conliderable places rusalem, where Baldwin the third, leated on his frontiers. Lewis gre:v who then governed that kingdom, likewise uneasy as to the behaviour received her very respectfully. On of his wife, whose gallantries began the king's arrival several councils

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