The History of Modern Greece: From Its Conquest by the Romans 146 B. C., to the Present Time

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H. Colburn and R. Bentley, 1830 - Byzantine Empire - 1025 pages
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Page 74 - In the midst of the conflict, the doge, a venerable and conspicuous form, stood aloft in complete armour on the prow of his galley. The great standard of St. Mark was displayed before him; his threats, promises, and exhortations, urged the diligence of the rowers ; his vessel was the first that struck; and Dandolo was the first warrior on the shore. The nations admired the magnanimity of the blind old man, without reflecting that his age and infirmities diminished the price of life, and enhanced...
Page 255 - If the gentlemen of these colonies do tyrannize over the villages of their dominions, the best way is not to seem to see it, that there may be no kindness between them and their subjects ; but, if they, offend in anything else, 'twill be well to chastise them severely, that they may not brag of any privileges more than others.
Page 290 - ... others from a certain age, — five, eight, twelve, or fifteen years. The rate, too, varied. According to Colonel Leake, the tax for a whole family usually amounted to about two pounds sterling ; but any individual subject to this impost was liable to frequent and insolent examination in the street, and on failing to produce his legal receipt was forced to pay the tax to the nearest official authority, whether he had paid it before or not. The land tax amounted at different times and places to...
Page 378 - Within the space ofamandra, or circle of stones, to which he had attached himself by a ponderous chain, he ascended a column, which was successively raised from the height of nine, to that of sixty, feet from the ground.
Page 189 - ... they were strongly posted, and drawn up to great advantage; and saw plainly it would be a difficult matter to force them from their ground, unless some measures were taken before the battle began, which might oblige them to break the order they were drawn up in. Upon this a council of war was held, in which it was resolved that...
Page 280 - Specimens of almost every sort of government are to be found in Albania. Some districts and towns are commanded by one man, under the Turkish title of Bolu Bashee, or the Greek name of Capitan, which they have borrowed from Christendom; others obey their elders; others are under no subjection, but each man governs his own family. The power in some places is in abeyance, and although there is no apparent anarchy, there are no rulers. This was the case in our time at the large city of Argyro Castro....
Page 16 - ... flattering, cringing, treacherous, artful race, Of torrent tongue, and never-blushing face; A Protean tribe, one knows not what to call, Which shifts to every form, and shines in all: Grammarian, painter, augur, rhetorician, Rope-dancer, conjurer, fiddler, and physician, All trades his own, your hungry Greekling counts; And bid him mount the sky, — the sky he mounts!
Page 393 - ... consider himself as quite dead to its concerns., Some are so conscientiously observant of this vow, that they never afterwards use their family name, never correspond with any of their relatives or former friends, and decline informing strangers from what country or situation of life they have retired. By the rules of the institution, every convent on Mount Athos, and indeed throughout the whole Turkish Empire is ordered to show hospitality to strangers who present themselves at their gate, whether...
Page 141 - Here lyeth the body of Theodore Paleologus of Pesaro in Italye, descended from ye Imperyall lyne of ye last Christian Emperors of Greece, being the Sonne of...

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