A System of Ancient and Mediaeval Geography for the Use of Schools and Colleges

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Harper, 1850 - Geography, Ancient - 769 pages
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Page 437 - ... siege to Byzantium. The Byzantines made a bold defence, and Philip's army became distressed for want of provisions and money. Philip relieved his wants by seizing 170 ships and confiscating their cargoes. On a dark night Philip's soldiers were near surprising the town, when a " light shone suddenly from the north," and revealed to the inhabitants their danger.
Page 443 - Asia, and by an uninterrupted series of victories for ten successive years, made Macedonia, in a short time, the mistress of half the world. After his death this immense empire was divided. Macedonia received anew its ancient limits, and, after several battles, lost its dominion over Greece. The alliance of Philip II. with Carthage, during the second Punic war, gave occasion to this catastrophe. The Romans delayed their revenge for a season, but Philip having laid siege to Athens, the Athenians called...
Page 4 - Iran then, a country bounded on the north by the Caspian, on the south by the Indian Ocean, on the east by the Indus, and on the west by the Euphrates, is the spot to which all the languages of the civilized world, ancient and modern, now unite in pointing as the place of their origin.
Page 96 - ... they made use of the ministry of the Druids ; for it was a prevalent opinion among them, that nothing but the life of a man could atone for the life of a man, insomuch that they had established even public sacrifices of that kind.
Page 666 - Phoenicians far surpassed all the other nations of antiquity ip commercial enterprise. Their greatness as a commercial people was chiefly owing to their peculiar natural advantages. Their situation at the extremity of the Mediterranean enabled them to supply the western nations with the different commodities of the East, which were brought to Tyre by caravans from Arabia and Babylon ; while their own country produced many of the most valuable articles of commerce in antient times.
Page 492 - ... accession of several important cities ; and an imposing military force, amounting to eight thousand cavalry, more than twenty thousand heavy armed infantry, and light troops sufficient to oppose the world, had been raised and fitted by him for the service of the commonwealth. (Xen. Hell. VI. 1, 6.) His other resources being equally effective, Thessaly seemed destined, under his direction, to become the leading power of Greece. We may estimate the influence that he had already acquired, from the...
Page 550 - It consisted il a great vestibule, with a front of six Doric columns ; behind which was another, supported by as many pillars of the Ionic order. These formed the approach to the five gates, or entrances to the citadel. On each side were two wings, projecting from the great central colonnade, and presenting a wall simply adorned with a frieze of triglyphs This great structure is said to have been five years in progress, and to have cost two thousand talents.
Page 275 - ... much for the whole amount of what was furnished them ; and this charge at the highest did not exceed half a Roman as. As a proof of the richness of the country, Strabo remarks, that it surpassed all the rest of Italy in the number of large and opulent towns which it contained The wool grown there was of the finest and softest quality ; and so abundant was the supply of wine, that the wooden vessels in which it was commonly stowed were of the size of houses. Lastly, Cicero styles it the flower...
Page 347 - Romans to abandon the few towns which they possessed, and to reside in villages and hamlets, in consequence of having sided with Hannibal in the second Punic war. As a farther punishment, they were excluded from military service, and allowed only to perform the duties of couriers and messengers.
Page 293 - Two immense piers formed the port, which was semicircular, while an island, constructed artificially of immense masses of rock, brought there by vessels and sunk in the sea, served as a breakwater in front and supported a pharos. The coast being very destitute of shelter for vessels of burden, this work of Trajan was of great national benefit.

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