Recollections Abroad, During the Year 1790: Sicily and Malta

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R. Cruttwell, 1817 - Italy - 247 pages
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Page ix - When, parted hence, the wind that ready waits For Sicily, shall bear you to the straits : Where proud Pelorus opes a wider way, Tack to the larboard, and stand off to sea : Veer starboard sea and land. The...
Page 101 - Ita nobilissima Graeciae civitas, quondam vero etiam doctissima, sui civis unius acutissimi monumentum ignorasset, nisi ab homine Arpinate didicisset.
Page 128 - Far on the right, her dogs foul Scylla hides : Charybdis roaring on the left presides, And in her greedy whirlpool sucks the tides ; Then spouts them from below : with fury driv'n, The waves mount up and wash the face of heav'n.
Page 127 - Through the dread op'ning broke the thund'ring sea. At once the thund'ring sea Sicilia tore, And sunder'd from the fair Hesperian shore ; And still the neighbouring coasts and towns divides With scanty channels and contracted tides. Fierce to the right tremendous Scylla roars ; Charybdis on the left the flood devours : Thrice...
Page 128 - Distinguish'd by the straits, on either hand, Now rising cities in long order stand, And fruitful fields: so much can time invade The mold'ring work that beauteous Nature made.
Page 236 - Locrians, he then steered his course with the whole fleet to Sicily; and encamped in a certain place upon, the coast, between Eryx and Panormus, whose situation was, in all respects, so advantageous, that an army no where could be lodged with more convenience or security. It was a rough and craggy mountain, rising from the plain to a considerable height, whose top was more than a hundred stadia in circumference. The lands beneath the summit were rich in husbandry and pasture ; refreshed by wholesome...
Page 106 - ... justice ; and in a word, the whole that is called the forum. The two sides of the valley are enclosed by two hills, which are rough and broken along the whole extent.
Page 34 - ACRIGENTUM excels almost all other cities not only in the advantages that have been mentioned, but in strength likewise, and especially in ornament and beauty. Situated at the distance of only eighteen stadia from the sea, it possesses all the conveniences which the sea procures. The whole circuit of the city is rendered uncommonly strong both by nature 'and art. For the walls are built upon a rock, which partly by nature, and partly from the labour of art, is very steep and broken. It is surrounded...
Page 18 - Afric and Sardinia. Adjoining to this last promontory was a city of the same name, which the Romans were now preparing to besiege. It was secured by a wall and ditch, of a very uncommon strength and depth; and by standing lakes that were filled with the waters of the sea.
Page 194 - Melitensis. This rock, which is called Hagira tal General, is separated from the land, and on all sides terminates in a steep cliff, apparently inaccessible. But the properties of this valuable plant could not escape the investigating eye of man, nor could the difficulty of reaching its situation baffle his art. Two cords are stretched across from the island to the rock, and fixed at each extremity. On these is suspended a small square case of wood, large...

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