A Classical Dictionary: Containing an Account of the Principal Proper Names Mentioned in Ancient Authors, and Intended to Elucidate All the Important Points Connected with the Geography, History, Biography, Mythology, and Fine Arts of the Greeks and Romans. Together with an Acount of Coins, Weights, and Measures, with Tabular Values of the Same

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Harper, 1872 - Classical dictionaries - 1451 pages
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Page 246 - The asecnt was from terrace to terrace by stairs ten feet wide. The whole pile was sustained by vast arches raised upon other arches, one above another, and strengthened by a wall, surrounding it on every side, of twenty-two feet in thickness. On the top of the arches were first laid large flat stones, sixteen feet long and four broad ; over these was a layer of reeds, mixed with a great quantity of bitumen, upon which were two rows of bricks closely cemented together.
Page 273 - The Eastern Empire fell to the elder, Arcadius, through whose weakness it suffered many misfortunes. During his minority, Rufinus was his guardian and minister, between whom and Stilicho, the minister of the Western Empire, a fierce rivalry existed. The Goths laid waste Greece. Eutropius, the successor, and Gainas, the murderer, of Rufinus, were ruined by their own Crimea (309).
Page 138 - Yet, instead of the simplicity of style and narrative which wins our belief, an elaborate affectation of rhetoric and science betrays in every page the vanity of a female author. The genuine character of Alexius is lost in a vague constellation of virtues; and the perpetual strain of panegyric and apology awakens our jealousy, to question the veracity of the historian and the merit of the hero.
Page 22 - Pbryxus son of Athamas, who had fled to his court on a golden ram. This murder he committed to obtain the fleece of the golden ram. The Argonauts came against Colchis, and recovered the golden fleece by means of Medea, though it was guarded by bulls that breathed fire, and by a venomous dragon. Their expedition was celebrated by all the ancient poets.
Page 127 - Ampbldr÷mla, a festival observed by private families at Athens, the fifth day after the birth of every child. It was customary to run round the fire with a child in their arms ; whence the name of the festivals.
Page 294 - The public assemblies were held there, and the officers of state chosen, and audience given to foreign ambassadors. It was adorned with statues, columns...
Page 254 - He is the most distinguished ecclesiastic among the Grecian patriarchs. His efforts for the regulation of clerical discipline, of the divine service, and of the standing of the clergy ; the number of his sermons; the success o'f his mild treatment of the Arians ; and, above all, his endeavors for the promotion of monastic life, for which ho prepared vows and rules, observed by himself, and still remaining in force," prove the merits of this holy man.
Page 179 - Give me where I may stand and I will move the world.
Page 42 - Egypt was truly surprising ; and, independently of that made up into articles of dress, the great abundance used for enveloping the mummies, both of men and animals, show how large a supply must have been kept ready for the constant demand at home, as well as for that of the foreign market.
Page 78 - At the age of seven years the boy was again received by his repentant father, and sent to Syracuse to learn the trade of a potter, where he continued to reside, being admitted by Timoleon into the number of the citizens. He was drawn from obscurity by Damas, a noble Syracusan, to whom his beauty recommended him, and was soon placed at the head of an army sent against Agrigentum. By a marriage with the widow of Damas, he became one of the most wealthy men of Syracuse. Under the dominion of...

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