A lexicon to Xenophon's anabasis

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Crosby, 1873 - 152 pages

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Page 103 - Shushan the palace, in the third year of his reign, he made a feast unto all his princes and his servants; the power of Persia and Media, the nobles and princes of the provinces, being before him.
Page 152 - It is impossible to contemplate the annals of Greek literature and art, without being struck with them, as by far the most extraordinary and brilliant phenomenon in the history of the human mind. The very language — even in its primitive simplicity, as it came down from the rhapsodists who celebrated the exploits of Hercules and Theseus, was as great a wonder as any it. records.
Page 152 - ... from dissuading from the study of Greek as a branch of general education, I do but echo the universal opinion of all persons competent to pronounce on the subject, in expressing my own conviction that the language and literature of ancient Greece constitute the most efficient instrument of mental training ever enjoyed by man ; and that a familiarity with that wonderful speech, its poetry, its philosophy, its eloquence, and the history it embalms, is incomparably the most valuable of intellectual...
Page 151 - it must be a real and thorough review; that is, it must be again and again repeated. What i choose is this : that every day the task of the preceding day should be reviewed ; at the end of every week, the task of the week ; at the end of every month, the studies of the month ; in addition to which this whole course should be gone over again and again during the vacation.
Page 151 - ... difficulty of fashioning the instruments : of teaching the teachers. If all the improvements in the mode of teaching languages which are already sanctioned by experience, were adopted into our classical schools, we should soon cease to hear of Latin and Greek as studies which must engross the school years, and render impossible any other acquirements. If a boy learnt Greek and Latin on the same principle on which a mere child learns with such ease and rapidity any modern language...
Page 152 - ... antiquity. The rudiments of almost everything, with the exception of religion, we, the people of Europe, the heirs to a fortune accumulated during twenty or thirty centuries of intellectual toil, owe to the Greeks ; and, strange as it may sound, but few, I think, would gainsay it, that to the present day the achievements of these our distant ancestors and earliest masters, the songs of Homer, the dialogues of Plato, the speeches of Demosthenes, and the statues of Phidias, stand, if not unrivalled,...
Page 14 - Apollo had more influence upon the Greeks than any other god. It may safely be asserted, that the Greeks would never have become what they were, without the worship of Apollo : in him the brightest side of the Grecian mind is reflected.
Page ii - INDEX CITATIONS FROM XENOPHON'S ANABASIS IN "A GRAMMAR OF THE GREEK LANGUAGE, BY A. CROSBY, &o" :( Accomplished XENOPHON ! thy truth hath shown A brother's glory sacred as thy own. О rich in all the blended gifts that grace Minerva's darling sons of Attic race ! The Sage's olive, the Historian's palm, The Victor's laurel, all thy name embalm ! Thy simple diction, free from glaring art, With sweet allurement steals upon the heart ; Pure аз the rill, that Nature's hand refines, A cloudless mirror...
Page 151 - What the results would show in the other case, I will not attempt to anticipate. But I will say confidently, that if the two classical languages were properly taught, there would be no need whatever for ejecting them from the school course, in order to have sufficient time for everything else that need be included therein.
Page 149 - We do so partly because it is one of the most delicate and perfect instruments for the expression of thought which was ever elaborated by the mind of man, and because it is therefore admirably adapted, both by its points of resemblance to our own and other modern languages, and by its points of difference from them, to give us the IDEA, or fundamental conception, of all Grammar ; ie of those laws which regulate the use of the forms by which we express our thoughts.

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