A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, Volume 2

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J. Murray, 1891 - Classical dictionaries
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Page 273 - All free Greeks were allowed to contend in the games, who had complied with the rules prescribed to candidates. The equestrian contests were necessarily confined to the wealthy ; but the poorest citizens could contend in the athletic games. This, however, was far from degrading the games in public opinion ; and some of the noblest as well as meanest citizens of the state took part in these contests. The owners of the chariots and horses were not obliged to contend in person ; and the wealthy vied...
Page 302 - Orpheus with his lute made trees, And the mountain tops that freeze, Bow themselves when he did sing ; To his music plants and flowers Ever sprung, as sun and showers There had made a lasting spring.
Page 232 - ... debitoris, non corpus obnoxium esset. Ita nexi soluti, cautumque in posterum ne necterentur.
Page 52 - ... sewn up in a sack with a dog, a cock, a viper, and an ape, and inclosed in this horrible prison he is to be, according to the nature of the place, thrown into the sea...
Page 156 - Panaceia, and all the gods and goddesses, calling them to witness, that I will fulfil religiously, according to the best of my power and judgment, the solemn promise and the written bond which I now make.
Page 273 - Their office probably lasted for only one festival. They had to see that all the laws relating to the games were observed by the competitors and others, to determine the prizes, and to give them to the conquerors. An appeal lay from their decision to the Elean senate. Under the direction of the Hellanodicae...
Page 332 - Ten years were allowed for the completion of the work. The instructions of the emperor were, to select what was useful, to omit what was antiquated or superfluous, to avoid unnecessary repetitions, to get rid of contradictions, and to make such other changes as should produce out of the mass of • ancient juristical writings a useful and complete body of law (jus Antiquum) ;— the...
Page 270 - It was celebrated at Olympia in Elis, the name given to a small plain to the west of Pisa, which was bounded on the north and north-east by the mountains Cronius and Olympus, on the south by the river Alpheus, and on the west by the Cladeus, which flows into the Alpheus. Olympia does not appear to have been a town, but rather a collection of temples and public buildings. The origin of the Olympic games is buried in obscurity, but the festival was of very great antiquity.
Page 103 - ... cum multum animus corpori praestet observeturque, ut casta corpora adhibeantur, multo esse in animis id servandum magis: nam illud vel aspersione aquae vel dierum numero tollitur; animi labes nee diuturnitate evanescere nee amnibus ullis elui potest.
Page 154 - Apes, having consulted the oracle, was informed that he should mix the blood of a white cock with honey, to make up an ointment to be applied to his eyes for three consecutive days. He received his sight, and returned public thanks to the gods. Julian appeared lost beyond all hope, from a spitting of blood. The gods ordered him to take from the altar some seeds of the pine, and to mix them with honey, of which mixture he was to eat for three days. He was saved, and came to thank the gods in the presence...

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