A Guide to Classical Learning: Or, Polymetis Abridged ... Being a Work Necessary Not Only for Classical Instruction, But for All Those who Wish to Have a True Taste for the Beauties of Poetry, Sculpture and Painting

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R. Horsfield and J. Dodsley, 1765 - Art, Ancient - 279 pages
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Page 276 - ... the end of it, as appropriated to any particular use ; this is the vale of Lethe or forgetfulness, where many of the ancient philosophers, and the Platonists in particular, supposed the souls which had passed through some periods of their trial, were immersed in the river which gave its name to it, in order to be put into new bodies, and to fill up the whole course of their probation, in an upper world.
Page 255 - Virgil into five parts : the first may be called the Previous Region ; the second is the Region of Waters, or the river which they were all to pass ; the third is what we may call the Gloomy Region, and what the ancients called Erebus; the fourth...
Page 234 - Caicus, 370 et gemina auratus taurino cornua vultu Eridanus, quo non alius per pinguia culta in mare purpureum violentior effluit amnis.
Page 65 - Idleness, on an ass; Gluttony, on a hog; Lechery, on a goat; Avarice, on a camel laden with gold; Envy, eating a toad and riding on a wolf; and Wrath, with a firebrand in his hand, on a lion.
Page 27 - I believe one should do no injury to any one of them, in supposing them all to have been written in this third age, under the decline of the Roman poetry. Of all the other poets under this period, there are none whose works remain to us, except Martial and Juvenal. The former flourished under Domitian ; and the latter under Nerva, Trajan, and Adrian.
Page 78 - We who are better taught by our more strange and surprising; secondly, that the poets were too apt to introduce machines, or supernatural causes, where they could not naturally account for events: whereas in the works of the ancients, nature and machinery generally go hand in hand, and serve chiefly to manifest each other. Thus in the storm [raised by...
Page 255 - Hell on a level with the principal subj<£ts of his ^Eneid, and seems to insinuate, that he laid out all the parts of it in as exact order, before he saw it, as he could have done after he was an inhabitant of those lower regions. The whole imaginary world, which we call Hell, though, according to the ancients, it was the receptacle of all departed persons, of the good as well as the bad, is divided by Virgil into five parts : the...
Page 13 - Virgil, in his /Eneid, shows that yEneas was called into their country by the express order of the gods ; that he was made king of it, by the will of heaven, and by all the human rights that could be ; that there was an uninterrupted...
Page 9 - ... of him : that a philtre he took had given him a frenzy, and that he wrote in his lucid intervals. He and Catullus wrote, when letters in general began to flourish at Rome much more than ever they had done. Catullus was too wise to rival him ; and was the most admired of all his cotemporaries, in all the different ways of writing he attempted.

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