A Classical Dictionary: Containing an Account of the Principal Proper Names Mentioned in Ancient Authors, and Intended to Elucidate All the Important Points Connected with the Geography, History, Biography, Mythology, and Fine Arts of the Greeks and Romans. Together with an Account of Coins, Weights, and Measures, with Tabular Values of the Same

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Harper, 1848 - Classical dictionaries - 1451 pages
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Page 30 - Pbryxus son of Athamas, who had fled to his court on a golden ram. This murder he committed to obtain the fleece of the golden ram. The Argonauts came against Colchis, and recovered the golden fleece by means of Medea, though it was guarded by bulls that breathed fire, and by a venomous dragon. Their expedition was celebrated by all the ancient poets.
Page 248 - ... feet high. In the side of the pile, a little below the summit, is very clearly to be seen part of another brick wall, precisely resembling the fragment which crowns the summit, but which still encases and supports its part of the mound. This is clearly indicative of another stage of greater extent.
Page 202 - God, the immortality of the soul, and a future state of rewards and punishments have been esteemed useful engines of government.
Page 254 - Greek patriarchs. His efforts for the regulation of clerical discipline, of the divine service, and of the standing of the clergy ; the number of his sermons ; the success of his mild treatment of the Arians ; and. above all, his endeavours for the promotion of monastic life, for which he himself prepared vows and rules, observed by him, and still remaining in force...
Page 99 - Phoenician alp or alpin (high, and high mountain), from the height of the coast. Sprengel, in his Universal History of Great Britain, thinks it of Gallic origin, the same with Albyn, the name of the Scotch Highlands. It appears to him the plural of alp or ailp, which signifies rocky mountains...
Page 316 - Marius, spared Catiline, and, perhaps, even encouraged him. Only two Romans remained determined to uphold their falling country — Cato and Cicero ; the latter of whom alone possessed the qualifications necessary for the task. The conspirators were now planning the elevation of Catiline and one of his accomplices to the consulship. When this was effected, they hoped to obtain possession of the public treasures and the property of the citizens, under various pretexts, and especially by means of proscription.
Page 316 - Manlius appeared among them, and formed a camp in Etruria. Cicero was on the watch : a fortunate accident disclosed to him the counsels of the conspirators. One of them, Curius, was on intimate terms with a woman of doubtful reputation, Fulvia by name, and had acquainted her with their plans. Through this woman, Cicero...
Page 248 - Alexander saw it ; if we give any credit to the report that 10,000 men could only remove the rubbish, preparatory to repairing it, in two months. If indeed it required one half of that number to disencumber it, the state of dilapidation must have been complete. The immense masses of vitrified brick which are seen on the top of the mount, appear to have marked its summit since the time of its destruction. The rubbish about its base was probably in much greater quantities, the weather having dissipated...
Page 294 - Roman youths performed their exercises, and learnt to wrestle and box, to throw the discus, hurl the javelin, ride a horse, drive a chariot, &C. The public assemblies were held there, and the officers of state chosen, and audience given to foreign ambassadors. It was adorned with statues, columns...
Page 155 - ... imperceptible to vulgar eyes, which constitutes grace, and establishes the superiority of one artist »ver another ; that the knowledge of the degrees of things or taste presupposes a perfect knowledge of the things themselves ; that colour, grace, and taste are ornaments, not substitutes of form, expression, and character, and, when they usurp that title, degenerate into splendid faults. Such were the principles on which Apelles formed his Venus, or, rather, the personification of Female Grace,...

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