The Lives of the Twelve Caesars, Volume 3

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Page 72 - ... ear, said, in a low voice, " I would to God, that not only thou, but also all who hear me this day, were both in little and in much such as I am, except these chains.
Page 348 - Pluck up thy spirits, man, and be not afraid to do thy office ; my neck is very short ; see, therefore, that thou do not mar thy credit by cutting awry.' Having spent a short time in devotion, he took the napkin with which his eyes were to be bound, and calmly performed that office for himself...
Page 49 - Here they ftatiopcd the firft detachment of the fecond legion, building proper habitations for the officers, and the military in general; and at length, by .the arrival of other legions, the place grew into a city, endowed with Roman liberties, and governed by Roman laws. Walls, gates, and temples, were erected, and a little Rome began to adorn a dreary inhofpitablc wild.
Page 119 - They were re-instituted in honour of Neptune by Theseus, and their celebration was held so sacred and inviolable, that even a public calamity could not prevent it, 1259, BC — -Arunddian Marbles.
Page 119 - Games celebrated in honour of Apollo, near the temple of Delphi. They were first instituted, according to the more received opinion, by Apollo himself, in commemoration of the victory which he had obtained over the serpent Python, from which they received their name ; though others maintain that they were first established by Agamemnon, or Diomedes, or by Amphictyon, or, lastly, by the council of the Amphictyons, Bc 1263.
Page 96 - ... who was the companion of his confinement. They took their flight in the air from Crete ; but the heat of the sun melted the wax on the wings of Icarus, whose flight was too high, and he fell into that part of the ocean which from him has been called the Icarian sea. The father...
Page 51 - Wall, composed of layers of stone, brick, and terras, 9 feet thick and 20 feet high. This wall was flanked by circular towers at each angle, and had four gateways, answering nearly to the four cardinal points of the compass, from which, in subsequent times, the principal streets had their denominations.
Page 3 - Then thrice around the kindled piles they go (For ancient custom had ordain'd it so) ; Thrice horse and foot about the fires are led; And thrice, with loud laments, they hail the dead. Tears, trickling down their breasts, bedew the ground, And drums and trumpets mix their mournful sound. Amid the blaze, their pious brethren throw The spoils, in battle taken from the foe: Helms...
Page 198 - ... still persisted in demanding the same sum of money for those that were left. This extraordinary conduct astonished the monarch, and with the advice of the Augurs he bought the books, upon which the sibyl disappeared and was never seen after. These books were preserved with great care, and were called the Sibylline Verses. A college of priests was appointed to take charge of them, and 'they were consulted with the greatest solemnity, whenever the state seemed to be in danger. When the Capitol...

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