Elements of general history: ancient and modern, Volume 1

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Page 517 - ... equipment of ships for the purposes of war. A Carthaginian galley which was stranded on the coast of Italy, served them, as formerly observed, for a model ; and it is said, with a very moderate regard to probability, that, in the space of two months, this resolute and active people equipped a fleet of one hundred galleys of five banks of oars, and twenty of three banks. The construction of these vessels, and particularly the disposition of the different ranges, or banks of oars, has given occasion...
Page 264 - this day as the end of my life, but as the beginning of my " happiness, and the completion of my glory. I leave Thebes *' triumphant, proud Sparta humbled, and Greece delivered " from the yoke of servitude. For the rest, I do not reckon " that I die without issue ; Leuctra and Mantinza, are two iK" lustrious daughters, that will not fail to keep my name alive, «' and to transmit it to posterity.
Page 284 - The victim is already crowned, his end draws *' nigh, and he will soon be sacrificed.
Page 365 - Greece, and so much good to Italy. He was believed to be a native of Samos, and having heard the reasonings of a philosopher upon the immortality of the soul, immediately devoted himself, in a kind of enthusiasm, to the study of philosophy.
Page 250 - Agesilaus, at setting out, promised either to conclude an honourable peace, or to press his enemies so as to disable them from giving any disturbance to Greece; and, in a short time, filled all Asia with a dread of his arms.
Page 99 - Massagetes, who were then under her dominion, and lost his life. Jancyrus was a haughty and magnanimous prince, who, when the Persian heralds demanded of him earth and water, sent to Darius a bird, a mouse, a frog, and five arrows, without any farther application. The Persian monarch immediately supposed, that this present was sent in token of submission; but Gobrias, who knew the Scythians better than his master, interpreted it to denote, that the Persians must not expect to elude the effects of...
Page 64 - Ninus resumed ]M,yi"n. his arms at the head of a million of fighting men ; and Semiramis, who was the wife of one of his officers, distinguished herself by her heroic exploits. The king married her, and left her his crown; and this ambitious princess being desirous, in her turn, to render her name immortal, in a very few years built the city of Babylon, which much exceeded Nineveh, its walls being of sufficient thickness to allow six chariots to go abreast. The quays, the bridge over the Euphrates,...
Page 378 - By the means of hydrostatics, he discovered the theft of a goldsmith, who had mixed some other metal with the gold he ought to have used in forming a crown, which he had undertaken to make for King Hiero. The...
Page 342 - Strabo.s who accounts for their ignorance of the countries between the Hypanis and the Ganges, says there were very few of those who sailed from Egypt to the Indies that ever proceeded so far as the Ganges. Their fleets, in fact, never went thither : they sailed with the western...
Page 79 - "* the empire of the sea for a considerable time, to which the famous city of Tyre succeeded. We shall have occasion to mention Carthage in Foundation another place, which was founded by a colony of Tyrians, about eight hundred and ninety years before Jesus Christ, and owed its existence to the cruelty and avarice of a monarch. Pygmalion, king of Tyre, having put to death the husband of his sister...

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