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APPENDIX.

A. THE RAFT.

Book v. 245–277, p. 84. A complete and highly interesting description of the Building of the Raft will be found in the Journal of the Hellenic Society, vol. v. pp. 202-219. The paper is by the Rev. E. Warre, Head Master of Eton,

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whose suggestions we have already acknowledged in our Presace. By the courtesy of the Hellenic Society we are allowed to print an illustration from Dr. Warre's paper.

B. čeðra, OR BRIDE-PRICE. We have already remarked (note 5) that in the case of a favourer wooer' a portion of the bride-price was sometimes returned by the father, after marriage. A curious parallel is found among the Hindoos. In The Patriarchal Theory (p. 290) Mr. McLennan writes, “It was a custom coming down from very early times that, at the time of marriage, the bridegroom should make a gift.-and a very substantial one10 the bride's father. This it was the duty of the latter to re!urn.' This cus:om is clearly an advance on a former stage of marriage by purchase, an intermediate stage being found in Greece in passages like Od. i 278, ii. 196,—the gilts of wooing all that should go back with a daughter dearly beloved.'

Note 10, p. 328, Book XIX, 578. An axe which suits our theory even better than that in fig. 5, p. 419, is described by Dr. Warre. Journ. Hellen. Soc. v. 213. The axe here engraved is that of the Egyptian shipwrights in the tomb-pictures of Sakkarah. See Duemichen, Fleet of an Egyptian Queen, pl. xxi. To shoot through twelve such axe heads

would at once test the skill of the artist in aiming, and the strength of the bow in the flat trajectory of the arrow.'

Homer, thy song men liken to the sea,

With every note of music in its tone,

With tides that wash the dim dominion Of Hades, and light waves that laugh in glee Around the isles enchanted : nay, to me

Thy verse seems as the River of source unknown

That glasses Egypt's temples overthrown,
In his sky-nurtur'd stream, eternally.
No wiser we than men of heretofore

To find thy mystic fountains guarded fast; Enough-thy flood makes green our human shore

As Nilus, Egypt, rolling down his vost, His fertile waters, murmuring evermore

Of gods dethroned, and empires of the Past.

A.L.

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