The Tyranny of Greece over Germany: A Study of the influence exercised by Greek art and poetry over the great German writers of the 18th, 19th and 20th Centuries.

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  • Title: The Tyranny of Greece over Germany: A Study of the influence exercised by Greek art and poetry over the great German writers of the 18th, 19th and 20th Centuries.
  • Author: Elizabeth M. Butler
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  • Page: 436
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      Eliza Marian Butler was born in Lancashire England in 1885 She was a professor at Cambridge University Her most famous books were The Myth of the Magus 1 Ritual Magic 2 She briefly cites the Great Beast, Aleister Edward Crowley In her first book she casually mentioned him simply as the amanuensis of Aiwaz 3 She does not give any indication that she ever actually met or personally knew him However, Butler did know Crowley often used the name Old Crow when discussing him in her 1959 autobiography Paper Boats 4 which contains priceless stories which no biography on Crowley, to date, has ever bothered to review She admits that she cavalierly treated him in her books claims, I have been blamed for this but somehow, one way another, I could not take him seriously 5 How did the two first meet Well, it all began with her desire to visit Hastings interview Crowley on the subject of magic while she was writing her first book, The Myth of the Magus A friend who openly admired Old Crow gave her Crowley s address so that she could write him a letter Crowley briefly mentions these letters in his diaries as Chit from Prof Butler 6 After corresponding she finally decided to go down to Hastings see what I could learn 7 On January 1st 1946, Butler found herself setting off from London by train to the Beast s lair at Netherwood Upon arriving at Crowley s boarding house, a small dark man, announcing himself as the manager, greeted me in the hall as we were exchanging banalities a seedy figure in light tweed knickerbockers materialised on the stairs a grating voice was heard to utter Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law Butler claims that her direct response to Crowley s statement was an unspoken comment which immediately ran through her mind In that caseI m for the next train back but somehow she decided to stay 8 Her initial reaction to Crowley was that he was repulsive than I had expected, his voice was the ugliest thing about him thin, fretful, scratchy a pedantic voice a pretentious manner 9 Unfortunately Crowley didn t give her time to get a second impression due to the fact that he quickly ran back upstairs to get an injection of heroin for his asthma Later they shared lunch together with Crowley discussing at length numerous theories regarding magick quoting grandiloquently from his own works 10 While this was going on she states that I began by detesting, loathing abominating Old Crow, not so much on ethical as on aesthetic grounds 11 After all the stories, rumors horrendous things that Crowley had supposedly done throughout his life this woman simply didn t like his appearance She describes Crowley as having thick eye glasses, a perpetual tear in the corner of one eye a flattish yellow face 12 During the meal she began to wonder what kind of pressure had been brought upon the management of such a nice, clean, cheerful little place as Netherwood which would have persuaded them to allow Crowley to establish residency there His occult rambling attracted much attention in the commonplace British dining room, to the point of discomfort for Butler who watched several guests leave, wishing she could follow them Still, she stuck to her interview after lunch she followed the magus the brandy bottle up to his room 13 As to Crowley s apartment, Butler states it had a feeling of squalor, airlessness indefinable atmosphere of pollution would need a Kafka to describe it However, she later admitted she learned quite a lot from Crowley All in all, Butler conducted four interviews that day from noon until 9 30pm with small breaks in between for Crowley to inject himself with heroin for herself to clear her head stiffen her morale At one point he tried to convince her that he was an instrument of Higher Beings in order to prove this, he offered to make himself invisible on the spot In some

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    1. 07/23/2006A Mournful Paean to German Scholarship on GreeceThis is a delightful book, first published, I believe, in 1935. It includes chapters on Winckelmann, Lessing and Herder, Goethe, Schiller, Holderlin, Heine and a concluding chapter that includes a section on Nietzsche. A fine examination of the (over) 200 year fascination of Germany with ancient Greece. This wonderfully sentimental and evocative work, that is tinged throughout with the spice of despair, both examines and exhibits said fas [...]


    2. O livro é estilisticamente muito elegante, mas não cumpre as funções de um bom ensaio, a saber, bagunçar o coreto, desestabilizar, propor uma nova interpretação. Mesmo com a beleza da escrita da sra. Butler, o livro acaba se perdendo na erudição pesada e sem direção. Vale apenas pela conclusão, uma idéia interessante que poderia ter servido de Leitmotiv desde o início: a obsessão dos alemães pelos gregos foi um mal. Pena que a autora foque mais no aspecto biográfico do que no co [...]



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