Bibliotheca Classica: Or, A Dictionary of All the Principal Names and Terms Relating to the Geography, Topography, History, Literature, and Mythology of Antiquity and of the Ancients; with a Chronological Table

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W.E. Dean, 1839 - Classical dictionaries - 803 pages
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Page 393 - ... system of religion and philosophy. The lascivious form of a naked Venus was tortured into the discovery of some moral precept, or some physical truth ; and the castration of Atys explained the revolution of the sun between the tropics, or the separation of the human soul from vice and error.18 The theological system of Julian appears to have contained the sublime and important principles of natural religion.
Page 357 - Basilciis : it was his office to keep good order, and to remove all causes of quarrel in the families of those who were dedicated to the service of the gods. The profane and the impious were brought before his tribunal ; and he offered public sacrifices for the good of the state.
Page 124 - Vindelicia, and Pannonia, 15 BC ; and Spain, 25 BC His efforts with the Arabians, however, failed, and the attempt against the Germans beyond the Rhine succeeded no better. Germany then extended from the Rhine to the Vistula, and from the Danube to the North Sea and the Baltic. Its natives were as wild as their own forests, and by their rough exercises and simple fare they acquired a physical vigor which astonished the inhabitants of other countries. Hunting and war constituted their highest pleasures,...
Page 262 - I had almost said, melts the soul. In other times and in other places, one single edifice, a temple, a theatre, a tomb, that had escaped the wreck of ages, would have enchanted us; nay, an arch, the remnant of a wall, even one solitary column, was beheld with veneration ; but to discover a single ancient house, the abode of a Roman in his privacy, the scene of his domestic hours, was an object of fond, but hopeless longing. Here, not a temple...
Page 227 - He adds, that the surface of the earth in the vicinity of the temple is very remarkable ; it is covered with a lamina of salt and sand mixed, and has the same appearance as if a ploughed field had been flooded over, then frozen, and the water drawn off from under the ice.t This remark suggests a question relative to the origin of these grassy islands in the desert.
Page 276 - Trojan war, and in the fourth year of the sixth Olympiad. In its original state. Rome was but a small castle on the summit of Mount Palatine ; and the founder, to give his followers the appearance of a nation or a barbarian horde, was obliged to erect a standard as a common asylum for every criminal, debtor, or murderer, who fled from their native country to avoid the punishment which attended them. From...
Page 262 - ... have enchanted us ; nay, an arch, the remnant of a wall, even one solitary column was beheld with veneration ; but to discover a single ancient house, the abode of a Roman in his privacy, the scene of his domestic hours, was an object of fond but hopeless longing. Here, not a temple, nor a theatre, nor a column, nor a house, but a whole city rises before us untouched, unaltered, the very same as it was eighteen hundred years ago, when inhabited by Komans.
Page 220 - ... and equestrian. The conqueror was rewarded with a crown of olives, afterwards of green parsley, in memory of the adventure of Archemorus, whom his nurse laid down on a sprig of that plant. They were celebrated every third, or according to others, every fifth year, or more properly on the first and third year of every Olympiad, 1226 BC — Herodotus.
Page 10 - Acropatos, one of Alexander's officers, who obtained part of Media after the king's death. Justin. 13, c. 4. Acropolis, the citadel of Athens, built on a rock, and accessible only on one side. Minerva had a temple near at hand.
Page 324 - His memory was so retentive, that he remembered every incident of his life, and knew all the soldiers of his army by name. He was the first emperor who wore a long beard, and this he did to hide the warts on his face.

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