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Marius the Epicurean

Walter Pater (1839-1896)

1. 01 – Volume 01, Chapter 01-The Religion of Numa
2. 02 – Volume 01, Chapter 02 – White Nights
3. 03 -Volume 01, Chapter 03 – Change of Air
4. 04 -Volume 01, Chapter 04 -The Tree of Knowledge
5. 05 – Volume 01, Chapter 05 – The Golden Book
6. 06 – Volume 01,Chapter 06 – Euphuism
7. 07 – Volume 01 – Chapter 07 – A Pagan End
8. 08 – Volume 01,Chapter 08 – Animula Vagula
9. 09 – Volume 01, Chapter 09 – New Cyrenaicism
10. 10 -Volume 01, Chapter 10 – On the Way
11. 11 – Volume 01, Chapter 11 – The Most Religious City in the World
12. 12 – Volume 01, Chapter 12 – The Divinity that doth hedge a King
13. 13 – Volume 01, Chapter 13 – The Mistress and Mother of Palaces
14. 14 – Volume 01, Chapter 14 – Manly Amusement

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Summary

Marius the Epicurean is a philosophical novel written by Walter Pater, published in 1885. In it Pater displays, with fullness and elaboration, his ideal of the aesthetic life, his cult of beauty as opposed to bare asceticism, and his theory of the stimulating effect of the pursuit of beauty as an ideal of its own. The principles of what would be known as the Aesthetic movement were partly traceable to this book; and its impact was particularly felt on one of the movement’s leading proponents, Oscar Wilde, a former student of Pater at Oxford.