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Marius the Epicurean : His Sensations and Ideas Volume I of Ii, 1910

By Pater, Walter Horatio

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Title: Marius the Epicurean : His Sensations and Ideas Volume I of Ii, 1910  
Author: Pater, Walter Horatio
Language: English
Subject: Fiction, Literature, Poetry
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Publisher: The Victorian Prose Archive


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Pater, W. H., & Alfred J. Drak, E. B. (n.d.). Marius the Epicurean : His Sensations and Ideas Volume I of Ii, 1910. Retrieved from

Victorian Literature

Excerpts: Something liturgical, with repetitions of a consecrated form of words, is traceable in one of his elegies, as part of the order of a birthday sacrifice. The hearth, from a spark of which, as one form of old legend related, the child Romulus had been miraculously born, was still indeed an altar; and the worthiest sacrifice to the gods the perfect physical sanity of the young men and women, which the scrupulous ways of that religion of the hearth had tended to maintain. A religion of usages and sentiment rather than of facts and belief, and attached to very definite things and places?the oak of immemorial age, the rock on the heath fashioned by weather as if by some dim human art, the shadowy grove of ilex, passing into which one exclaimed involuntarily, in consecrated phrase, Deity is in this Place! Numen Inest!?it was in natural harmony with the temper of a quiet people amid the spectacle of rural life, like that simpler faith between man and man, which Tibullus expressly connects with the period when, with an inexpensive worship, the old wooden gods had been still pressed for room in their homely little shrines.


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