Θεοφραστου Χαρακτηρες

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Macmillan and Company, 1870 - Character sketches - 328 pages
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Page ii - THE CHARACTERS OF THEOPHRASTUS. An English Translation from a Revised Text. With Introduction and Notes. By RC JEBB, MA, Professor of Greek in the University of Glasgow. Extra fcap. 8vo.
Page 222 - He expostulates with his oxen very understandingly, and speaks gee and ree better than English. His mind is not much distracted with objects ; but if a good fat cow come in his way, he stands dumb and astonished, and though his haste be never so great, will fix here half an hour's contemplation.
Page 109 - He will undertake to show the path, and after all be unable to find it himself." — The Officious Man. "When a servant has broken a jug or a plate, he will take the value out of his wages."— The Penurious Man.
Page 34 - ... for thus the original giver will have incurred an additional obligation, and will have received a benefit. He is thought also to recollect those whom he has benefited, but not those from whom he has received benefits ; for the receiver is inferior to the giver : but the magnanimous man wishes to be superior, and the benefits which he confers he hears of with pleasure, but those which he receives with pain.
Page 99 - Marketplace he will frequent the bankers' tables ; in the gymnasia he will haunt those places where the young men take exercise ; in the theatre, when there is a representation, he will sit near the Generals. For himself he will buy nothing, but will make purchases on commission for foreign friends — pickled olives to go to Byzantium, Laconian hounds for Cyzicus, Hymettian honey for Rhodes ; and will talk thereof to people at Athens. Also he...
Page 235 - The winds are the legislators of the weather ; but even they, in these latitudes submit to certain rules, and only rarely rise to the vehemence of desolating hurricanes. Never, except in the short winter season, is there any uncertain irregularity in wind and weather ; the commencement of the fair season — the safe months, as the ancients called it — brings with it an immutable law followed by the winds in the entire Archipelago : every morning the north wind arises from the coasts of Thrace,...
Page 101 - Thurian vases of the approved rotundity, walkingsticks with the true Laconian curve, and a curtain with Persians embroidered upon it. He will have a little court provided with an arena for wrestling and a ball-alley, and will go about lending it to philosophers, sophists, drill-sergeants, musicians, for their displays; at which he himself will appear upon the scene rather late, in order that the spectators may say one to another, " This is the owner of the palasstra.
Page 147 - When a servant has broken a jug or a plate he will take the value out of his rations; or, if his wife has dropped a three-farthing piece, he is capable of moving the furniture and the sofas and the wardrobes, and of rummaging in the curtains. If he has anything to sell he will dispose of it at such a price that the buyer shall have no profit. He is not likely to let one eat a fig from his garden, or walk through his land, or pick up one of the olives or dates that lie on the ground; and he will inspect...
Page 40 - Father would haue smoothered : who hauing left them lapt vp in loose Sheets, as soon as his Fancy was deliuered of them; written especially for his priuate Recreation, to passe away the time in the Country, and by the forcible request of Friends drawne from him; Yet passing seuerally from hand to hand in written Copies, grew at length to be a prety number in a little Volume...
Page 97 - Also he will go up to the sellers of the best horses, and pretend that he desires to buy .... and quarrel with the slave for having come out without gold. . . ." " He loves to impose upon his companions by the road with a story of how he served with Alexander.

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