Greek Reader

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William Watson Goodwin
Ginn & Company, 1903 - 159 pages
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Page 132 - Of those who at Thermopylae were slain, Glorious the doom, and beautiful the lot; Their tomb an altar : men from tears refrain To honour them, and praise, but mourn them not. Such sepulchre nor drear decay, Nor all-destroying time shall waste; this right have they. Within their grave the home-bred glory Of Greece was laid; this witness gives Leonidas the Spartan, in whose story A wreath of famous virtue ever lives."f 16.
Page 137 - ... it was a common ancient belief, that a city could not be taken or destroyed unless first forsaken by its divinity. Thus the Romans had a formula for summoning forth the Gods of the cities they were about to attack ; while the trae name of Rome and that of its tutelar divinity were said to be kept as a mystery, lest they should become known to an enemy who might thus disarm the city of its protector. (See Macrobius, Sat. III. 9.) Page 2O1. — 30.
Page 3 - Tarentum in Calabria ; neither the date of his birth nor that of his death is known, but it would appear that he was living between AD 1442 and 1458...
Page 115 - ... journey towards the Isthmus, and on reaching the shore found a large fishing boat, which supplied us plentifully with fish at fifteen paras an oke, and some octopodia. * We soon came to the spot on the Isthmus, now called fProblakas, where Xerxes is said to have cut a canal for his fleet of galleys. This is about a mile and a quarter long, and twenty-five yards across; a measurement not very different from that given by | Herodotus * This is the sea polypus, which we often observe beaten by the...
Page 108 - the plain of Marathon is about six miles from north to south, and of varying width, having the eastern declivities of Pentelicus on the west, and the sea on the east.
Page ii - GOODWIN. in the Office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington.
Page 146 - Themistokl. c. 5. combination of splendid patriotism, long-sighted cunning, and selfish rapacity. Themistokles knew better than any one else that the cause of Greece had appeared utterly desperate, only a few hours before the late battle : moreover, a clever man, tainted with such constant guilt, might naturally calculate on being one day detected and punished, even if the Greeks proved successful.
Page 118 - We may well believe that the numbers of Xerxes were greater than were ever assembled in ancient times, or perhaps at any known epoch of history.
Page 83 - The scene just described," says Mr. Grote, "is one of the most striking and tragical in ancient history. The atrocious injustice by which Theramenes perished, as well as the courage and self-possession which he displayed in the moment of danger, and his cheerfulness even in the prison, not inferior to that of Socrates three years afterwards, naturally enlist the warmest sympathies in his favor.

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