'The Sybarites are so immersed in luxury, pleasure and voluptuousness that they boast of having never seen the rising of the sun; and like the Sardians, have banished roosters and prohibited every event that will interrupt their slumbers. When they invite women to feasts and sacrifices, they give a year's notice, that they may have time to prepare their dress. The magistrates offer premiums to cooks for inventing the best dishes and when one of them has discovered a new one, it is prohibited to imitate it during a whole year so the inventor may have the opportunity to enrich himself by his ingenuity.' From The Travels of Antenor in Greece and Asia. Chapter 92.
'Yes, added he, the Athenians are kind and compassionate. Not a single beggar is to be found disgracing the city by his misery; for in fact such objects are a reproach to the government and to all the inhabitants.' From The Travels of Antenor in Greece and Asia. Chapter 92.
'It is true the Athenians are very vindictive and very ungrateful. They have banished Themistocles and caused Miltiades to die in prison, though that celebrated hero, after gaining the battle of Marathon, asked no other reward than a crown of laurel. What! and he did not receive it? cried I, No, replied our host, one Socchanes rose up in the assembly and said, When Miltiades conquers alone let him be honoured alone.' From The Travels of Antenor in Greece and Asia.
'At length, starving amidst his riches and bewailing the rash and avaricious vow he had uttered, he implored the mercy of Dionysos and supplicated him to withdraw this destructive priviledge. The son of Semele took pitty of his misfortunes, pardoned his folly and ordered him to bathe in the river Pactolos, whose sands were turned to gold by his touch; and thus Midas disposed the fatal gift he had received.' From The Travels of Antenor in Greece and Asia. Fables of Prometheus and Midas.
Я выложил немного- только самые "эпохальные" места- и то, по штуке-две, поскольку вряд ли я когда-нибудь ещё соберусь съездить, например, в Дельфы.
'As we sailed for Ephesos, we passed before Chios which is a very populous island highly celebrated for its excellent wine and its fine marble. The inhabitants are descendants of Poseidon for their island was uninhabited at the time when that divinity became enamoured of a nymph he found there, who born him a son. It happened that the day of his birth was marked by a great fall of snow and hence the island was called Chios (Chion). After this, Poseidon had two sons by another nymph and these were the first inhabitants of the island.' From The Travels of Antenor in Greece and Asia.
'We now ascended the hill on which the citadel stands to see the temple of Apollo of whom it contains a statue of bronze. Here oracles are delivered and the priestess that preside must be a virgin.' From The Travels of Antenor in Greece and Asia. Journey to Argos.
'I traversed the grove, in which Hesiod so frequently bewildered himself, with his poem in my hand. This idea filled me with joyful feelings and I imagined his shade present in my meditations. I seated at the foot of his statue and read the fable of Pandora. Nor could I help shuddering at the opening of the box from which all the evils of mankind had sprung or joining in the melancholy of that great poet, when, after having described the four famous ages that preceeded his own, he exclaims And I, alas, have been brought into existence in the fifth. Oh that I had never been born. How many great men since the time of Hesiod have held the same language! But when I read the Theogony, my heart overflowed with sensibility. In that work the poet represents the divine Eros or Love, arranging Chaos into Order and relates that part of the god Uranos' body having been cut off by his son Cronos, and falling into the sea, the foam happened to give birth to the goddess Aphrodite, whose first name was Philomedes.' From The Travels of Antenor in Greece and Asia. Antenor Visits the Mount helicon.
'Here, the Thespians celebrate a festival in honor of the Muses every fifth year, at which prizes are given to professors of music and the athletae.' From The Travels of Antenor in Greece and Asia. Antenor pays a visit to Mount Helicon
'On this mountain (Helicon), which is one of the most fertile in Greece, is the grove of the Muses, above which flows the Hippocrene or horse's fountain. It is so named because the horse of Bellerophon, called Pegasos, caused it to spring forth by striking the earth with his hoof. The river Permessos flows round the mountain and all the environs of the grove are thickly inhabited.' From The Travels of Antenor in Greece and Asia. Antenor pays a visit to Mount Helicon.