Thucydides, Book VII., Book 7

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Macmillan and Company, limited, 1902 - Greece - 256 pages

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Page xvi - Sophokle"s — when he comes to recount the melancholy end of the two commanders, has no words to spare for Demosthenes (far the abler officer of the two, who perished by no fault of his own), but reserves his flowers to strew on the grave of...
Page 147 - Dangerous it were for the feeble brain of man to wade far into the doings of the Most High; whom although to know be life, and joy to make mention of his name, yet our soundest knowledge is to know that we know him not as indeed he is, neither can know him; and our safest eloquence concerning him is our silence, when we confess without confession that his glory is inexplicable, his greatness above our capacity and reach.
Page 154 - The great object of the fast-sailing Athenian trireme was to drive its beak against some weak part of the adversary's ship, the stern, the side, or the oars — not against the beak, which was strongly constructed as well for defence as for offence. The Athenian therefore, rowing through the intervals of the adversary's line, and thus getting in their rear, turned rapidly, and got the opportunity, before the ship of the adversary could change its position, of striking it either in the stern or some...
Page 192 - ... the one picked out at such an hour as this as the thing which had gone further than anything to endear Athens to her children. At such a time, the historian tells us, men do not shrink from any common-place of language; they are not afraid of repeating a thrice-told tale. At such moments as these men are open to the familiar appeal to wives and children and the gods of their fathers 4.
Page 200 - Valla wrongly renders nmi sine muttis ubtcstationibus, and all the edd. have mistaken the meaning. The wounded and weak did not stop until they were so utterly exhausted both in body and mind that they could utter only a few appeals and groans. So far from there being no sense in...
Page 195 - ... songeait qu'à s'échapper à tout prix , si c'était devant des fuyards qu'on fuyait. • « Pendant que la victoire était ainsi également disputée sur la mer, les deux armées de terre étaient dans les transes et dans les angoisses. Les Siciliens désiraient obtenir une gloire plus grande, et les Athéniens redoutaient un sort plus triste encore que leur condition présente.
Page 205 - The generals now gave up the thought of geptemforcing their way to that particular cliff by that particular 1>er *5pass. Their object seems now to have been to find some other road, some other pass, in the same neighbourhood, which might lead them to the high ground, and which the Syracusans might not have occupied 3.
Page 109 - Spartan birth would be that his character is in some points not Spartan. He is quick, enterprising, full of resource, . able to adapt himself to all men and to all circumstances, in a way that Spartans seldom were. Yet for a Spartan to show such qualities was not wholly without precedent ; Brasidas had been all that Gylippos was, and more. Still it is just possible that the un-Spartan side of Gylippos may have come to him from another quarter. The rank that his father Kleandridas...
Page 140 - Lesser mentioned in history, though at several points in our later narrative it has suggested itself as the most likely scene of action. It has been thought that it was only lately, perhaps during the present war, that this harbour was turned to purposes of naval warfare1. The plan was that the one division should sail across the Great Harbour, while the other sailed round the Island, so as to attack the Athenian fleet unexpectedly on both sides at once 2.
Page 171 - the tense of eî^i must precede the participle in this periphrasis, as it is emphatic, representing a state of things existing at the time referred to

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