A Classical Dictionary: Containing an Account of the Principal Proper Names Mentioned in Ancient Authors and Intended to Elucidate All the Important Points Connected with the Geography, History, Biography, Mythology, and Fine Arts of the Greeks and Romans : Together with an Account of Coins, Weights, and Measures, with Tabular Values of the Same

Harper [& Brothers], 1869 - 1451 pages

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Page 140 - Yet, instead of the simplicity of style and narrative which wins our belief, an elaborate affectation of rhetoric and science betrays in every page the vanity of a female author. The genuine character of Alexius is lost in a vague constellation of virtues; and the perpetual strain of panegyric and apology awakens our jealousy, to question the veracity of the historian and the merit of the hero.
Page 210 - God, the immortality of the soul, and a future state of rewards and punishments have been esteemed useful engines of government.
Page 163 - ... another ; that the knowledge of the degrees of things or taste presupposes a perfect knowledge of the things themselves ; that colour, grace. and taste are ornaments, not substitutes of form, expression, and character, and, when they usurp that title, degenerate into splendid faults. Such were the principles on which Apelles formed his Venus, or, rather, the personification of Female Grace, the wonder of art, the despair of artists...
Page 302 - The public assemblies were held there, and the officers of state chosen, and audience given to foreign ambassadors. It was adorned with statues, columns...
Page 212 - On the decline of the Roman empire in the East, it was conquered by the Persians, and, in 950, fell into the hands of the Arabians, since which time it has shared the same fate as Armenia Major, and was made, in 1514, a Turkish province, by Selim I.
Page 233 - The Athenians have been admired in all ages for their love of liberty, and for the great men that were born among them ; but favour there was attended with danger ; and there are very few instances in the history of Athens that can prove that the jealousy and frenzy of the people did not persecute...
Page 163 - Glazing. may deduce from the contest are obviously these : that the schools of Greece recognized all one elemental principle ; that acuteness and fidelity of eye, and obedience of hand, form precision ; precision, proportion ; proportion, beauty : that it is the "little more or less...
Page 296 - This booty, ravished from the sea, is fit for my palace and the Capitol." When he returned to Rome he was desirous of a triumph on account of his achievement«, but contented himself with an ovation. Discontented with the senate, he resolved to destroy the greater part of the members, and the most distinguished men of Rome. This is proved by two books which were found after his death, wherein the names of the proscribed were noted down, and of which one was entitled Gladius (Sword), and the other...
Page 296 - He built a temple to his own divinity. At one time he wished that the whole Roman people had but one head, that he might be able to cut it off at a single blow. He frequently repeated the words of an old poet, Oderint dum metuant.
Page 296 - Lacedemonians were forbidden to marry any of their kindred, whether in the direct degree of ascent or descent; but in the case of a collateral it was allowed. Several of the barbarous nations seem to have been less scrupulous on this head; the...

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