Plutarch's Lives, Volume 8

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W. Heinemann, 1919 - Biography

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Page 349 - ... fortune that had met him, I congratulated him on, his improved health and appearance, and asked him what had wrought the change. I felt humbled when he told me that my poor little offering of twenty shillings had, with the blessing of God, effected it all. He then said the evening he came to our dwelling he had made up his mind to put an end to his existence if help did not come ; but he had great reason to bless God, who had not only given him temporal relief, but had enabled him to call upon...
Page 365 - Libya, and invincible as long as he remained in contact with his mother earth. Hercules discovered the source of his strength, and accordingly crushed him in the air.
Page 119 - Be of good cheer; thou livest; but my life hath long been given to death, that so I might serve the dead.
Page 247 - Cicero was a man of considerable financial resources, and the employment of more than one secretary could easily we are told, and its preservation was due to Cicero the consul, who had previously given to those clerks who excelled in rapid writing instruction in the use of signs, which, in small and short figures, comprised the force of many letters; these clerks he had then distributed in various parts of the senate-house. For up to that time the Romans did not employ or even possess what are called...
Page 195 - But when all the rest had drunk of it, the drug ran short, and the executioner refused to bruise another portion unless he were paid twelve drachmas, which was the price of the weight required. However, after a delay of some length, Phocion called one of his friends, and, asking if a man could not even die at Athens without paying for the privilege, bade him give the executioner his money.
Page 11 - These are two in number, separated by a very narrow strait; they are ten thousand furlongs distant from Africa, and are called the Islands of the Blest. They enjoy moderate rains at long intervals, and winds which for the most part are soft and precipitate dews, so that the islands not only have a rich soil which is excellent for plowing and planting, but also produce a natural fruit that is plentiful and wholesome enough to feed, without toil or trouble, a leisured folk.
Page 237 - ... spontaneous movement nor by chance, like some others, that he was thrown into the management of state affairs, but he selected a public career as the proper labour of a good man, and thought that he ought to attend to public concerns more than the bee to its cells, inasmuch as he made it his business to have the affairs of the provinces and decrees and trials and the most important measures communicated to him by his connections and friends in every place. On one occasion by opposing Clodius...
Page 351 - ... but he first embraced his son and his friends with more than his usual expression of kindness, which again made them suspect what was going to happen. On entering his chamber and lying down he took Plato's dialogue on the Soul,* and when he had gone through the greater part of it, he looked up over his head, and not seeing his sword hanging there, for his son had caused it to be taken away while he was at supper, he called a slave and asked who had taken his sword. The slave made no answer and...
Page 23 - ... consequence of these successes Sertorius was admired and loved by the Barbarians, and especially because by introducing Roman arms and formations and signals he did away with their frenzied and furious display of courage, and converted their forces into an army, instead of a huge band of robbers. (...) But most of all were they captivated by what he did with their boys. Those of the highest birth, namely, he collected together from the various peoples, at Osca, a large city, and set over them...

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