Bibliotheca Classica: A Classical Dictionary, Containing a Full Account of All the Proper Names Mentioned in Antient Authors, with Tables of Coins, Weights, and Measures in Use Among the Greeks and Romans ; to which is Now Prefixed a Chronological Table

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A. Strahan, Printers Street, 1801 - Classical dictionaries - 880 pages
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Page 10 - They allured strangers to come to them, that they might devour them ; and though they were not endowed with the faculty of speech, yet their hissings were pleasing and agreeable. Some believed them to be witches, or rather evil spirits, who, under the form of a beautiful woman, enticed young children and devoured them. According to some, the fable of the...
Page 10 - HEL his subjects with the most oppressive taxes ; his halls were covered with carpets of gold and silver tissue, and his mats were made with the down of hares, and with the soft feathers which were found under the wings of partridges. He was fond of covering his shoes with precious stones, to draw the admiration of the people as he walked along the streets, and he was the first Roman who ever wore a dress of silk.
Page 101 - Ceres was represented with a garland of ears of corn on her head, holding in one hand a lighted torch, and in the other a poppy, which was sacred to her.
Page 10 - Laomedon promised to reward him with a number of fine horses. The king consented, but when the monster was destroyed, he refused to fulfil his engagements, and Hercules was obliged to besiege Troy and take it by force of arms.
Page 10 - ... which was gained by Epeus. The fable of Endymion's amours with Diana, or the moon, arises from his knowledge of astronomy, and as he passed the night on some high mountain, to observe the heavenly bodies, it has been reported that he was courted by the moon.
Page 10 - The tyrant fled to Corinth, and Dion kept the power in his own hands, fearful of the aspiring ambition of some of the friends of Dionysius. He was...
Page 10 - Jupiter banished him from heaven ; but when he heard that he had the rashness to boast that he had seduced Juno, the god struck him with his thunder, and ordered Mercury to tie him to a wheel in hell, which continually whirls round. The wheel was perpetually in motion ; therefore the punishment of Ixion was eternal.
Page 10 - Mycena?, where 270 27.1 they were devoured by the wild beasts ; or, according to others, they were consecrated to Jupiter, and their breed still existed in the age of Alexander the Great. For his ninth labor, he was commanded to obtain the girdle of the queen of the Amazons. (See Hippolyte.) In his tenth labor, he killed the monster Geryon, king of Gades, and brought to Argos his numerous flocks, which fed upon human flesh.
Page 10 - Da пае, the daughter of Acrisius king of Argos by Eurydice. She was confined in a brazen tower by her father, who had been told by an oracle that his daughter's son would put him to death. His endeavours to prevent Danae from becoming a mother proved fruitless ; and Jupiter, who was enamoured of her, introduced himself to her bed by changing himself into a golden showe...

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