Classical Antiquities: Being Part of the "Manual of Classical Literature." (Google eBook)

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E.C. & J. Biddle, 1860 - Classical antiquities - 331 pages
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Page 228 - The multitude of subjects of an inferior rank was uncertain and fluctuating. But, after weighing with attention every circumstance which could influence the balance, it seems probable that there existed, in the time of Claudius, about twice as many provincials as there were citizens, of either sex, and of every age; and that the slaves were at least equal in number to the free inhabitants of the Roman world.
Page 134 - A monster, having the head and breasts of a woman, the body of a dog, the tail of a serpent, the wings of a bird, and the paws of a lion.
Page 90 - It was also in the great hall of the palace of the Olympian king that the gods feasted each day on ambrosia and nectar, their food and drink, the latter being handed round by the lovely goddess Hebe.
Page 236 - When a general had obtained a signal victory, a thanksgiving was decreed by the Senate to be made in all the temples ; and what was called a Ltctisternium took place, when couches were spread...
Page 90 - Here they conversed of the affairs of heaven and earth; and as they quaffed their nectar, Apollo, the god of music, delighted them with the tones of his lyre, to which the Muses sang in responsive strains. When the sun was set the gods retired to sleep in their respective dwellings. The following lines from the Odyssey...
Page 152 - A large broad fillet was bound upon their forehead, and tied behind their head. In the middle of this was a horn, or a conical piece of silver, gilt, about four inches long, much in the shape of our common candle extinguishers. This is called kirn, or horn, and is only worn in reviews or parades after victory.
Page 166 - A more interesting sight for modern curiosity can hardly be conceived to exist among the ruins of any Grecian city. In its original state it had been a temple ; the farther part from the entrance, where the altar was, being an excavation of the rock, and the front and roof constructed with tiles.
Page 134 - we ought, according to the natural situation of our bodies, to walk upon our hands and feet: and that the wisdom of the ancients had described man to be an animal of four legs in the morning, two at noon, and three at night; by which they intimated that a cane might very properly become part of us in some period of life.
Page 18 - Rotunda, from its round figure, said to be 150 feet high, and of about the same breadth. The roof is curiously vaulted, void spaces being left here and there for the greater strength. It has no windows, but only an opening in the top for the admission of light, of about 25 feet diameter. The walls on the inside are either solid marble or incrusted. The front on the outside was covered with brazen plates gilt, the top with silver plates, but now it is covered with lead.
Page 166 - Bœotia ; and surely it will never again become a question among learned men, whether the answers in them were given by the inspiration of evil spirits, or whether they proceeded from the imposture of priests ; neither can it be urged that they ceased at the death of Christ : because Pauêanias (Corinth, c.

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