The Classical Background as a Factor in the Spiritual Development of Walter Pater's Marius the Epicurean

Margaret Harris


This paper is a study of Walter Pater's mature philosophy which is revealed through the spiritual development of the chief character of the book, Marius, in who Pater is really picturing his own mental reactions in studying various fields of philosophy throughout his life. In order to fully appreciate and comprehend Pater's philosophic conception of life in this work, it is necessary to trace the development of his though throughout several of his earlier writings. Thus may his philosophic scheme be examined in its entirety.