Peter Parley's Common School History

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E.H. Butler & Company, 1850 - World history - 309 pages
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Contents

X Queen Semiramis sets forth to conquer the World but is defeated by the King of the Indies
22
About Ninias Reign of Sardanapalus and Ruin of the Assyrian Empire
23
About the Hebrews or Jews Origin of the Hebrews The Removal of Jacob and his Children to Egypt
25
The Bondage in Egypt Flight of the Hebrews and Destruction of Pharaoh and his Host
26
About the Wanderings of the Israelites in the Wilderness
28
Qverthrow of the Midianites Samson Judge of Israel
30
Samsons Exploits and Death
32
Beginning of the Reign of Saul 84
34
Combat of David and Goliath 85
35
The Building of the Temple Visit of the Queen of Sheba 87
37
The Hebrew Prophets 40
40
Crucifixion of the Saviour Destruction of Jerusalem 42
42
Babylon His Death xxV Reign of Camb ses 45
45
Expedition of Xerxes into Greece
46
xWii Affairs of Persia till the Saracen Conquest
48
XVIII Modern History of Persia
49
Early History of China
51
Anecdotes of the Chinese Emperors 53
52
Cities of China Manners of the Chinese 54
54
Origin of the Arabs Rise of Mahomet
55
Sequel of the Histo of the Saracens l xxxiv About S ria Phaenicia and Asia Minor 59
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A Brief View of several Nations
61
Review of the History of Asia 62
62
OKXVII Chronolgy of Asia
63
xxxWIII About the Geography of Africa The Inhabitants e e s
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T4 I and Queen c
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s 1 of the Egyptian History Pac eque o e an i
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Summary Matters
77
Origin of the Barbary States and their Piracies on the Christians
78
Fables and Facts about Africa
79
History of the SlaveTrade
80
Chronology of Africa
81
Introductory Remarks on its Geography and other Matters
82
About Greece where it is situated Appearance of the Country Cli
86
The Extent of Greece First Settlement of the Country
88
The Grecian Lawgivers
89
War with Persia 90
90
Affairs of Athens
91
Beginnin of the Theban War
93
Sequel the Theban War
94
Grecian Religion or Mythology
95
The Grecian Philosophers
99
The Grecian Philosophers continued 100
100
Something more about Philosophers About the Greek Poets
101
About the Mode of Life among the Ancient Greeks
102
Philip of Macedon conquers 101
104
Conquests of Alexander the Great
106
Seque to Alexanders Career 108
108
Greece invaded by the Gauls
109
End of Grecian Independence
110
Modern History of Greece
111
About Italy as it now is
112
Founding of Rome by Romulus Its early State
115
Battle of the Horatii and Curiatii
118
From the reign of Ancus Martius till the Expulsion of the Kings
119
The Story of Coriolanus
121
Rome invaded by the Gauls The first Punic War
122
Second and third Punic Wars
124
Rome under the Emperors
134
Fall of the Western Empire of the Romans
136
Progress of the Decline of Rome
137
Manners and Customs of the Ancient Romans
139
About Religion Deities Temples Marriage
140
About Funeral Rites and Ceremonies
142
Roman Farms Mode of Ploughing Farm Houses Grain Cattle Superstitions of the Farmers Gardens Vines
144
Country Houses Description of Plinys Villa Aqueducts
145
Military Affairs of the Romans Division of the Army The Imperial Eagle Music Arms Dress Military Rewards Crowns The Triumph
147
About Naval Affairs The War Galley Commerce Shows of Wild Beasts Exhibitions of Gladiators
149
Sports Chariot Racing The Circus Carriages Private Entertain ments Supper Rooms Convivial Parties Iluxuries
150
About Theatres Clocks and Watches The Fine Arts Books and Writing Costume Conclusion
152
Rome under the Popes
153
About several other Italian States
156
XVI About the Ottoman Empire Turkey in Europe Turkey in Asia About the Climate People and other Things
157
XCVIII
159
The Invincible Armada Curious Death of a Spanish King Recent
166
The Gauls Origin of the French Nation Little King Pepin
173
About the Feudal System
180
King Philip and Pope Boniface Wars of the French and English
186
The French Revolution 192
192
Recent Affairs of France
198
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The Successors of Peter the Great
215
Brief Notices of several Kingdoms and States
222
CHAPTER Pae CLVIII About America 26s
263
The first inhabitants of America 265
265
Discove of America b Columbus
267
A few Words about Iceland and Greenland Settlements of the French in America 268
268
The French Colonies conquered by the English
270
Description of the United States
272
Settlement and Colonial History of New England
274
Affairs of New En land continued
275
Early History of irginia 276
276
Braddocks Defeat and other Matters 277
277
Causes which led to the Revolution
278
Account of the Battle of Lexington 279
279
The Battle of Bunker Hill 280
280
Progress of the War Capture of Burgoyne
281
Andre
283
War in the South Surrender of Cornwallis
284
Affairs of the United States since the Revolution
285
General Remarks upon the History of the United States
286
General Remarks upon the History of the United States continued
287
About South America El Dorado and the Fountain of Youth
289
History of the Mexican Territories Guatimala
291
Spanish Peruvian Territories
293
Account of the Brazilian Territories
294
The West Indies
295
The West Indies continued 297
297
The West Indies continued 298
298
About Oceania The Malaysian Islands
301
The Australian Division of Oceania
302
Polynesia The Sandwich Islands
303
Polynesia continued The Society Islands 305
305
Story of the Bounty concluded
306
Chronolo of Oceania
307

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Page 112 - Many people from other countries went to assist the Greeks. The ancient renown of Greece made friends of all who were acquainted with her history. Lord Byron, the illustrious English poet, lost his life in Greece, for the sake of this famous land.
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