Reflexions on the Imitation of the both its nature and fize in a country, chofen, as Plato a fays, by Minerva, to be inhabited by the Greeks, as productive of every kind of genius. But this Taste was not only original among the Greeks, but feemed alfo quite peculiar to their country: it feldom went abroad without lofs, and was long ere it imparted its kind influences to more diftant climes. It was, doubtlefs, a ftranger to the northern zones, when Painting and Sculpture, thofe offsprings of Greece, were defpifed there to fuch a degree, that the mofl valuable pieces of Cor regio ferved only for blinds to the windows of the royal ftables at Stockholm. There is but one way for the moderns to become great, and perhaps unequalled 3I mean, by imitating the antients. And what we are told of Homer, that whoever underftands him well, admires him, we find no Jefs true in matters concerning the antienr, efpecially the Greek arts. But then we mufl a Plato in Timae .E dit. Francof. p. 1644. (Typographical errors above are due to OCR software and don't occur in the book.)
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