Quintus Curtius his history of the wars of Alexander. Tr. by J. Digby. To which is prefix'd Freinshemius's supplement, Volume 2

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Page 42 - The ram which thou faweft having two horns, are the kings of Media and Perfia. And the rough goat is the king of Grecia, and the great horn that is between his eyes is the firft king. Now that being broken, whereas four flood up for it, four kingdoms (hall ftand up out of the nation, but not in his power.
Page 84 - Macedonian conqueror's reasons for showing the Persians and his other foreign allies so much favour : " The possession of what we got by the sword is not very durable, but the obligation of good offices is eternal. If we have a mind to keep Asia, and not simply pass through it, our clemency must extend to them also, and their fidelity will make our empire everlasting. As for ourselves, we have more than we know what to do with, and it must be an insatiable avaricious temper which desires to continue...
Page 44 - would give him for their fide" lity ; they anfwered, Their lives, which they received through his bounty, and which they would at all times be ready to reftore to him whenever he required them. Nor were they worfe than their words : for thofe of them who were fent home, kept their country-people in due fubjeclion to Alexander ; and four of them, being received into his body-guards, were inferior ' to none of the Macedonians in " their fincere affeftion to the
Page 63 - Ihe brought to his embraces, and begged he would at leaft take pity of them ; and, to enforce her prayers, ftie told him Alexander was not far off. But he, thinking he was betrayed...
Page 19 - is in a little desert where there is not a drop of water to be found, and the Germans are getting their supply from Taveta, a town eight miles away.
Page 44 - ... when they were attacked in an hoftile manner by him : and that, if any body would make trial of them by good offices inftead of injuries, they would willingly contend in the generous ftrife, and ufe their utmolr.
Page 43 - Alexander, being amazed at their unufual alacrity on fuch an occafion, commanded them to be brought back, and alked them the caufe of their exceffive joy. when they beheld death before their eyes : to which they anfwered, that, if any other than himfelf had fentenced them to die, they mould have been concerned ; but, fince they were to be reftored to their anceftors by fo great a king, who had conquered all the world, they looked upon their death to be fo honourable, as even to deferve the envy of...
Page 134 - ... and laid them dead at his feet, and after that no one could muster up courage enough to go near him. They only plied him with darts and arrows from a distance off. But though thus exposed as a mark for every shot, he had no great difficulty in protecting himself while crouching on his knees, until an Indian let fly an arrow two cubits long (for the Indians, as remarked already, use arrows of this length), and pierced him through his armour a little above his right side. Struck down by this wound,...
Page 127 - ... marriage alliance ; and as they had done their utmost to help him forward with the building of his fleet, he confirmed each in his sovereignty. He built also two towns, one of which he called Nicaea, and the other Bucephala, dedicating the latter to the memory of the horse which he had lost. Then leaving orders for the elephants and baggage to follow him by land, he sailed down the river, proceeding every day about 40 stadia, to allow the troops to land from time to time where they could conveniently...

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