The Historians' History of the World: A Comprehensive Narrative of the Rise and Development of Nations as Recorded by Over Two Thousand of the Great Writers of All Ages, Volume 7

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Henry Smith Williams
Hooper & Jackson, Limited, 1907 - World history

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Page 133 - The vain titles of the victories of Justinian are crumbled into dust ; but the name of the legislator is inscribed on a fair and everlasting monument. Under his reign, and by his care, the civil jurisprudence was digested in the immortal works of the CODE, the PANDECTS, and the INSTITUTES ; the public reason of the Romans has been silently or studiously transfused into the domestic institutions of Europe, and the laws of Justinian still command the respect or obedience of independent nations.
Page 356 - A melancholy reflection on the vicissitudes of human greatness forced itself on his mind, and he repeated an elegant distich of Persian poetry: 'The spider has wove his web in the Imperial palace, and the owl hath sung her watch-song on the towers of Afrasiab.
Page 395 - ... have possessed the intrepid calmness, which he affected to seek. Suspense, the worst of evils, was at length determined by the ministers of death, who executed, and perhaps exceeded, the inhuman mandate of Theodoric. A strong cord was fastened round the head of Boethius, and forcibly tightened, till his eyes almost started from their sockets ; and some mercy may be discovered in the milder torture of beating him with clubs till he expired.
Page 394 - While Boethius, oppressed with fetters, expected each moment the sentence or the stroke of death, he' composed in the tower of Pavia the Consolation of Philosophy ; a golden volume not unworthy of the leisure of Plato or Tully, but which claims incomparable merit from the barbarisim of the times and the situation of the author.
Page 385 - Although your servant is maintained in affluence by your liberality, graciously listen to the wishes of my heart ! Italy, the inheritance of your predecessors, and Rome itself, the head and mistress of the world, now fluctuate under the violence and oppression of Odoacer the mercenary. Direct me, with my national troops, to march against the tyrant. If I fall, you will be relieved from an expensive and troublesome friend : if, with the Divine permission, I succeed, I shall govern in your name, and...
Page 352 - I will retire," said the trembling Genoese, " by the same road which God has opened to the Turks ;" and, at these words, he hastily passed through one of the breaches of the inner wall. By this pusillanimous act, he stained the...
Page 354 - ... individual might be safe and invisible. From every part of the capital they flowed into the church of St. Sophia ; in the space of an hour, the sanctuary, the choir, the nave, the upper and lower galleries, were filled with the multitude of fathers and husbands, of women and children, of priests, monks, and religious virgins...
Page 133 - ... than his conjugal tenderness for Theodora ; and his abstemious diet was regulated, not by the prudence of a philosopher, but the superstition of a monk. His repasts were short and frugal ; on solemn fasts he contented himself with water and vegetables ; and such was his strength as well as fervour, that he frequently passed two days, and as many nights, without tasting any food.
Page 347 - The great cannon of Mahomet has been separately noticed ; an important and visible object in the history of the times ; but that enormous engine was flanked by two fellows almost of equal magnitude : "" the long order of the Turkish artillery was pointed against the walls ; fourteen batteries thundered at once...
Page 351 - Sophia, which in a few hours was to be converted into a mosque, and devoutly received, with tears and prayers, the sacrament of the holy communion. He reposed some moments in the palace, which resounded with cries and lamentations; solicited the pardon of all whom he might have injured;*" and mounted on horseback to visit the guards and explore the motions of the enemy.

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