Manual of classical literature

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E.C. Biddle, 1854 - Literary Criticism - 690 pages
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Page 132 - Echidna ; 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, the paws of a lion, with a human voice.
Page 88 - Seasons, opened to permit the passage of the Celestials to earth, and to receive them on their return. The gods had their separate dwellings ; but all, when summoned, repaired to the palace of Jupiter, as did also those deities whose usual abode was the earth, the waters, or the underworld.
Page 164 - 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 baked tiles.
Page 112 - Gemeter, or mother earth, was symbolically represented with a garland on her head composed of ears of corn, a lighted torch in one hand, and a cluster of poppies and ears of corn in the other.
Page 17 - Rostra, because adorned with the beaks of ships, taken in a sea-fight from the inhabitants of Antium. Near by was the part of the Forum called the Comitium, where some of the legislative assemblies were held, particularly the Comitia Curķala.
Page 29 - Christian sera, was the sacred olivetree, which was said to have been produced by Minerva, and to have been as old as the foundation of the citadel. Here also...
Page 253 - Comitia, so likewise the quota of soldiers and taxes, depended on the number of centuries. Accordingly, the first class, which consisted of ninetyeight, or, according to Livy, of one hundred centuries, furnished more men and money to the public service, than all the rest of the state besides. But they had likewise the chief influence in the assemblies of the people by centuries.
Page 18 - The month of January was sacred to him, as were also all gates and doors. The gates of his temple were always kept open in time of war and shut in time of peace. The fire upon the household hearth was regarded as the symbol of the goddess Vesta. Her worship was a favorite one with the Romans. The nation, too, as a single great family, had a common national hearth in the Temple of Vesta, where the sacred fires were kept burning from generation to generation...
Page 164 - The altar yet remains, and part of the superstructure : but the most remarkable part of the whole is a secret subterraneous passage, terminating behind the altar; its entrance being at a considerable distance towards the right of a person facing the altar; and so cunningly contrived as to have a small aperture, easily concealed, and level with the surface of the rock. This was barely large enough to admit the entrance of a single person; who having descended...
Page 17 - 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.

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