A classical dictionary: containing an account of the principal proper names mentioned in ancient authors, and intended to elucidate all the important points connected with the geography, history, biography, mythology, and fine arts of the Greeks and Romans. Together with an account of coins, weights, and measures, with tabular values of the same

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Harper, 1841 - History - 1451 pages
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Page 202 - God, the immortality of the soul, and a future state of rewards and punishments have been esteemed useful engines of government.
Page 294 - The public assemblies were held there, and the officers of state chosen, and audience given to foreign ambassadors. It was adorned with statues, columns...
Page 86 - Roman people as public property ; or public lands which had been artfully and clandestinely taken possession of by rich and powerful individuals ; or, lastly, lands which were bought with money from the public treasury, for the purpose of being distributed. Now, all such agrarian laws as comprehended either lands of the enemy, or those which were treated and occupied as public property , or those which had been bought with the public money, were carried into effect without any public commotions ;...
Page 204 - On the decline of the Roman empire in the East, it was conquered by the Persians, and, in 950, fell into the hands of the Arabians, since which time it has shared the same fate as Armenia Major, and was made, in 1514, a Turkish province, by Selim I.
Page 254 - Greek patriarchs. His efforts for the regulation of clerical discipline, of the divine service, and of the standing of the clergy ; the number of his sermons ; the success of his mild treatment of the Arians ; and. above all, his endeavours for the promotion of monastic life, for which he himself prepared vows and rules, observed by him, and still remaining in force...
Page 240 - ... had probably a smaller share than in those other parts of his conduct by which he acquired the favourable opinion of the world. Augustus was, besides, an excellent judge of composition, and a true critic in poetry ; so that his patronage was never misplaced, or lavished on those whose writings might rather have tended to corrupt than improve the taste and learning of the age.
Page 37 - Ethiopia ; and the recesses are concealed by splendid curtains. But if you enter the penetralia, and inquire for the image of the god for whose sake the fane was built, one of the Pastophori, or some other attendant on the temple, approaches with a solemn and mysterious aspect, and, putting aside the veil, suffers you to peep in and obtain a glimpse of the divinity. There you behold a snake, a crocodile, or a cat, or some other beast, a fitter inhabitant of a cavern or a bog than a temple.
Page 84 - Leónidas immediately came with a band of mercenaries and secured the prison without, while the ephors entered it, and went through the mockery of a trial. When asked if he did not repent of what he had attempted, Agis replied, that he- should never repent of so glorious a design, even in the face of death. He was condemned, and precipitately executed, the ephors fearing a rescue, as a great concourse of people had assembled round the prison gates. Agis, observing that one of his executioners was...
Page 252 - observes Eustace, " is a semicircular recess, just opposite the harbour of Россы«/«, and about three miles distant from it. It is lined with ruins, the remains of the villas and the baths of the Romans ; some advance a considerable way out, and, though now under the waves, are easily distinguishable in fine weather. The taste for building in the waters and encroaching on the sea. to which Horace alludes, is exemplified in a very striking manner all along this coast.
Page 85 - Cernir. transí.), it is satisfactorily shown, that these laws, which have so long been considered as unjust attacks upon private property, had for their object only the distribution of lands which were the property of the state, and that the troubles to which they gave rise were occasioned by the opposition of persons who had settled on these lands without having acquired any title to them. These laws of the Romans were...

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