The History of Ancient Greece, Its Colonies, and Conquests: From the Earliest Accounts Till the Division of the Macedonian Empire in the East. Including the History of Literature, Philosophy, and the Fine Arts, Volume 2

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J. J. Tourneisen and J. L. Legrand, 1790 - Greece
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Page 259 - Olympiad, availed themselves of their extensive commerce to import the delicacies of distant countries, which were prepared with all the refinements of cookery. The wines of Cyprus were cooled with snow in summer; in winter the most delightful flowers adorned the tables and persons of the wealthy Athenians. Nor was it sufficient to be crowned with roses, unless they were likewise anointed with the most precious perfumes.
Page 257 - ... to comply with, if not to excite, the extreme passion for pleasure which then began to distinguish his countrymen. The people of Athens, successful in every enterprise against their foreign as well as domestic enemies, seemed entitled to reap the fruits of their dangers and victories. For the space of at least twelve years preceding the war of Peloponnesus, their city afforded a perpetual scene of triumph and festivity.
Page 69 - It was this respect for law that filled the Greek soul and inspired the inscription on one of the monuments at Thermopylae : "Go stranger and declare to the Lacedaemonians that we died here in obedience to their divine laws." Burke says of the law : "It is one of the first and noblest of human sciences, a science which does more to quicken and invigorate the understanding than all the other kinds of learning put together, a science which is the collected reason of ages, combining the principles of...
Page 222 - His robes and sandals were variegated with flowers and animals of gold. His throne was of ivory and ebony, inlaid with precious stones. The feet which supported it, and the fillets which joined them, were adorned with innumerable figures, among which were the Theban children torn by sphinxes, and Apollo and Diana shooting the beautiful and once flourishing family of Niobe. Upon the most conspicuous part of the throne were eight statues, representing the gymnastic exercises, and a beautiful figure,...
Page 395 - ... gratifying their latent malignity, and perpetrating crimes without a name. The unfeeling Eurymedon ( whofe character, as will fhortly appear, •was a difgrace to human nature) fhowed neither ability nor inclination to flop the carnage. During the fpace of fix days that his fleet continued in the...
Page 365 - You forget," said the dymg patriot, " you forget the only valuable part of my character ; none of my fellow-citizens was ever compelled by any action of mine to assume a mourning robe.
Page 178 - Tanrica ; and overawing the barbarous natives by the experienced terrors of her fleet, at the same time rendered subservient to her own interests the colonies which Miletus and other Greek cities of Asia had established in those remote regions.
Page 257 - ... established in those remote regions. Thus the Athenian galleys commanded the eastern coasts of the Mediterranean ; their merchantmen had engrossed the traffic of the adjacent countries ; the magazines of Athens abounded with wood, metal, ebony, ivory, and all the materials of the useful as well as the agreeable arts ; they imported the luxuries of Italy, Sicily, Cyprus, Lyd'ia, Pon'tus, and the Peloponnesus.
Page 258 - Pericles was blamed for thus decking one favourite city, like a vain voluptuous harlot, at the expense of plundered provinces ; but it would have been fortunate for the Athenians if their extorted wealth had not been employed in more perishing, as well as mure criminal, luxury.
Page 260 - ... to characterize the declining ages of Greece and Rome, took root in Athens during the administration of Pericles, the most splendid and most prosperous in the Grecian annals.

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