Plutarch's Lives, Volume 3

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J. Richardson, 1821

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Page 358 - But did not chance at length her error mend ? Did no subverted empire mark his end ? Did rival monarchs give the fatal wound ? Or hostile millions press him to the ground ? His fall was destined to a barren strand, A petty fortress, and a dubious hand ; He left the name, at which the world grew pale, To point a moral, or adorn a tale.
Page 165 - Three years after, when Xerxes was passing through Thessaly and Boeotia by long marches to Attica, the Athenians reversed this decree, and by a public ordinance recalled all the exiles. The principal inducement was their fear of Aristides ; for they were apprehensive that he would join the enemy, corrupt great part of the citizens, and draw them over to the interests of the barbarians.
Page 48 - Two urns by Jove's high throne have ever stood, The source of evil one, and one of good ; From thence the cup of mortal man he fills, Blessings to these, to those distributes ills ; To most, he mingles both : the wretch decreed To taste the bad, unmix'd, is curst indeed ; Pursued by wrongs, by meagre famine driven, He wanders, outcast both of Earth and Heaven.
Page 225 - But he tells us he did not choose that his son should be reprimanded by a slave, or pulled by the ears, if he happened to be slow in learning ; or that he should be indebted to so mean a person for his education. He was, therefore, himself his preceptor in grammar, in law, and in the necessary exercises; for he taught him not only how to throw a dart, to fight hand to hand, and to ride, but to box, to endure heat and cold, and to swim the most rapid rivers.
Page 324 - What you say, my prince," said Cirreas, " is very probable : but is the taking of Sicily to conclude our expeditions ?" -" Far from it," answered Pyrrhus, " for if Heaven grant us success in this, that success shall only be the prelude to greater things. Who can forbear Libya and Carthage, then within reach...
Page 46 - Shericles, together with the gold plate that had been used at Perseus's table. Immediately after, was to be seen the chariot of that prince, with his armour upon it and his diadem upon that, at a little distance his children...
Page 44 - In every theatre, or as they call it, circus, where equestrian games used to be held, in the forum, and other parts of the city, which were convenient for seeing the procession, the people erected scaffolds, and on the day of the triumph were all dressed in white. The temples were set open, adorned with garlands, and smoking with incense. Many lictors and other officers compelled the disorderly crowd to make way, and opened a clear passage.
Page 322 - When Pyrrhus had thus retired into Epirus, and left Macedonia, he had a fair occasion given him by Fortune to enjoy himself in quiet, and to govern his own kingdom in peace : but he was persuaded, that neither to annoy others, nor to be annoyed by them, was a life insufferably languishing and tedious. Like Achilles, he could not endure inaction : He pined in dull repose ; his heart indignant, Bade the scene change to war, to wounds, and death.
Page 200 - Italy, cultivated this little spot of ground with his own hands, and, after three triumphs, retired to his own cottage. Here the ambassadors of the Samnites found him in the chimney-corner dressing turnips, and offered him a large present of gold ; but he absolutely refused it...
Page 225 - He farther acquaints us, that he wrote histories for him with his own hand, in large characters, that, without stirring out of his father's house, he might gain a knowledge of the great actions of the ancient Romans and of the customs of his country. He was as careful not to utter an indecent word before his son, as he would have been in the presence of the vestal virgins; nor did he ever bathe with him.

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