Plutarch's Lives

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Applegate, 1857 - Greece - 688 pages
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Page 279 - The vanquish'd hero leaves his broken bands, And shows his miseries in distant lands; Condemn'da needy supplicant to wait; While ladies interpose, and slaves debate. But did not Chance at length her error mend? Did no subverted empire mark his end? Did rival monarchs give the fatal wound? Or hostile millions press him to the ground? His fall was destined to a barren strand, A petty fortress, and a dubious hand; He left the name, at which the world grew pale, To point a moral, or adorn a tale.
Page 279 - The march begins in military state, And nations on his eye suspended wait; Stern Famine guards the solitary coast, And Winter barricades the realms of Frost; He comes...
Page 50 - There were fifteen persons to a table, or a few more or less. Each of them was obliged to bring in monthly a bushel of meal, eight gallons of wine, five pounds of cheese, two pounds and a half of figs, and a little money to buy flesh and fish. If any of them happened to offer a sacrifice of...
Page 238 - We certainly ought not to treat living creatures like shoes or household goods, which, when worn out with use, we throw away; and were it only to learn benevolence to human kind, we should be merciful to other creatures. For my own part, I would not sell even an old ox...
Page 54 - And to the question, whether they should enclose Sparta with walls, That city is well fortified, which has a wall of men instead of brick.
Page 97 - Themistocles, as he ransacked everything, under pretence of searching for it, found large sums of money hid among the baggage, which he applied to the public use ; and out of it all necessaries were provided for the fleet. The embarkation of the people of Athens was a very affecting scene. What pity! what admiration of the firmness of those men, who, sending their parents and families to a distant place, unmoved with their cries, their tears, or embraces, had the fortitude to leave the city, and...
Page 120 - If a man applies himself to servile or mechanic employments, his industry in those things is a proof of his inattention to nobler studies. No young man of noble birth, or liberal sentiments, from seeing the Jupiter at Pisa, would desire to be Phidias, or from the sight of the Juno at Argos, to be Polyck-tus; or Anacreon, or Philemon, or Archilochus, though delighted with their poems;* for though a work may be agreeable, yet esteem of the author is not the necessary consequence.
Page 147 - Alcibiades had a dog of an uncommon size and beauty, which cost him seventy mina, and yet his tail, which was his principal ornament, he caused to be cut off. — Some of his acquaintance found great fault with his acting so strangely, and told him that all Athens rung with the story of his foolish treatment of the dog: at which he laughed and said, " This is the very thing I wanted; for I would have the Athenians talk of this, lest they should find something worse to say of me.
Page 51 - As for the education of youth, which he looked upon as the greatest and most glorious work of a lawgiver, he began with it at the very source, taking into consideration their conception and birth, by regulating the marriages. For he did not (as Aristotle says) desist from his attempt to bring the women under sober rules. They had, indeed, assumed great liberty and power on account of the...
Page 164 - Then corruption reaching also the tribunals and the camps, arms were subdued by money, and the commonwealth was changed into a monarchy. It was a shrewd saying, whoever said it, "That the man who first ruined the Roman people was he who first gave them treats and gratuities.

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