True stories from ancient history: chronologically arranged from the creation of the world to the death of Charlemagne

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John Harris, 1837 - History, Ancient - 335 pages
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Page 168 - TWENTY-TWO years elapsed between the end of the first and the beginning of the second Punic war ; during this peace between the Romans and Carthaginians, nothing very remarkable happened.
Page 156 - A little milk and cheese constituted his dainties ; and of these he would sometimes partake, when he wished to have a treat. His pupils generally adopted his plan ; and though a few would drink a little wine, most of them took only water. Epicurus taught that happiness consists in pleasure, not such as arises from sensual gratification, or from vice ; but from the enjoyments of the mind, and the sweets of virtue.
Page 205 - ... the necessity that urged him to it. He deplored the many brave men that were to fall on both sides, and the wounds of his country, whoever should be victorious.
Page 289 - He possessed such flexibility of thought, and such firmness of attention, that he could employ his hand to write, his ear to listen, and his voice to dictate ; and pursue at once three several trains of ideas without hesitation and without error...
Page 185 - ... deprived her of her understanding and sensibility. But those who were of that opinion seem rather to have wanted understanding themselves; since they knew not how much a noble mind may, by a liberal education, be enabled to support itself against distress ; and that though in the pursuit of rectitude, Fortune may often defeat the purposes of VIRTUE, yet VIRTUE, in bearing affliction, can never lose her prerogative.
Page 46 - ... or prince, of Miletus, for advice as to the best means of establishing himself. Thrasybulus, instead of sending any reply, took his messenger into a corn-field, and lopped off the heads of all such ears as overtopped the rest. — You recollect a similar story of Tarquin. Periander, in this case, as Sextus, in the Roman story, understood the symbolical purport of this act ; and, surrounding himself with a numerous guard, put to death the richest and most powerful citizens of Corinth. Nor was...
Page 154 - Philadelphus to that elevated post, he retired from the business of a court, and died peacefully two years afterwards. This Ptolemy (Soter) was a learned and virtuous man ; he founded the famous library at Alexandria in Egypt, which was burned nearly a thousand years* afterwards by the barbarous Saracens ; and he it was who said, " that the true grandeur of a king consisted in enriching others, not himself.
Page 65 - BRUTUS. 69 about him. I will now finish with an anecdote about Themistocles. When he was in power, he laughingly said, that his son was greater than any man in Greece. — " How is that ? " said a friend.
Page 108 - Brennus and some of his soldiers went into the senatehouse, and there saw the aged senators sitting cairn and unmoved. The venerable appearance of these noble old men rendered the Gauls afraid to approach, and unwilling to harm them. A soldier gently shaking the beard of Papirius, the old Roman was so offended at the act, that he struck the man on the head with the ivory staff which he had in his hand : this blow instantly aroused the fury of the barbarians ; they massacred all the senators, and...
Page i - True Stories from Ancient History, , . . , . Chronologically arranged from the Creation of the World to the Death : of Charlemagne. Twelfth Edition. With 24 Steel Engravings. 12mo, 5s. cloth. True Stories from Modern History, From the Death of Charlemagne to the present Time.

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