A Friend of Caesar: A Tale of the Fall of the Roman Republic, Time, 50-47 B. C.

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Macmillan, 1900 - Rome - 501 pages

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Page 328 - ... to listen to him, and some trumpeters among them, he snatched a trumpet from one of them, ran to the river with it, and sounding the advance with a piercing blast, crossed to the other side. Upon this, Caesar exclaimed, "Let us go whither the omens of the gods and the iniquity of our enemies call us. The die is cast.
Page 211 - I have not just cause to weep, when I consider that Alexander at my age had conquered so many nations, and I have all this time done nothing that is memorable?
Page 505 - A narrative, told with naive simplicity in the first person, of how a man who was devoted to his fruits and flowers and birds came to fall in love with a fair neighbor who treated him at first with whimsical raillery and coquetry, and who finally put his love to the supreme test.
Page 328 - Rubicon, he halted for a while, and, revolving in his mind the importance of the step he was on the point of taking, he turned to those about him and said, "We may still retreat; but if we pass this little bridge, nothing is left for us but to fight it out in arms.
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Page 503 - This work, for any one of several solid reasons, must be regarded as of very unusual interest. In the matter of style alone, it is an achievement, an extraordinary achievement ... in the matter of interpreting nature there are passages in this book that I have never seen surpassed in prose fiction.
Page 79 - O when, through the long night, With fleet foot glancing white, Shall I go dancing in my revelry, My neck cast back, and bare Unto the dewy air, Like sportive fawn in the green meadow's glee ? Lo, in her fear she springs Over th...
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Page 205 - Mock not at death, glorious Odysseus. Better to be the hireling of a stranger, and serve a man of mean estate whose living is but small, than be the ruler over all these dead and gone...
Page 253 - ... when for instance sunk in sleep we see altars steam forth their heat and send up their smoke on high ; for beyond a doubt images are begotten for us from these things: — well then since you see on the vessels being shattered the water flow away on all sides, and since mist and smoke pass away into air, believe that the soul too is shed abroad and perishes much more quickly and dissolves sooner into its first bodies, when once it has been taken out of the limbs of a man and has withdrawn.

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