Plutarch's Lives, Volume 2

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Hickman and Hazzard, 1822
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Demosthenes and Cicero both known largely for oratory and politics. Alexander and Caesar both know for military prowess. Interesting both as works in their own right and as known sources for later writers such as Shakespeare. Read full review

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Page 239 - On what foundation stands the warrior's pride, How just his hopes let Swedish Charles decide ; A frame of adamant, a soul of fire, No dangers fright him, and no labours tire...
Page 31 - 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 239 - Condemn'da needy supplicant to wait, While ladies interpose, and slaves debate. 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 destin'd 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 239 - The march begins in military state, And nations on his eye suspended wait; Stern famine guards the solitary coast, And winter barricades the realms of frost. He comes, nor want nor cold his course delay; Hide, blushing glory, hide Pultowa's day!
Page 85 - Archimedes, who was at that time in his study, engaged in some mathematical researches; and his mind, as well as his eye, was so intent upon his diagram, that he neither heard the tumultuous noise of the Romans, nor perceived that the city was taken. A soldier suddenly entered his room, and ordered him to follow him to Marcellus; and Archimedes refusing to do it till he had finished his problem, and brought his demonstration to bear, the soldier, in a passion, drew Tiis sword and killed him.
Page 396 - After this, he drew out his forces in a hasty and disorderly manner; taking himself the command of the main body, and giving the left wing to the king of the Adiabenians, and the right to the king of the Medes. Before this right wing were placed most of the cavalry. that were
Page 239 - Think nothing gain'd," he cries, "till nought remain, On Moscow's walls till Gothic standards fly, And all be mine beneath the polar sky.
Page 150 - He farther acquaints us, that he wrote histories for him with his own hand, in large characters, that, without stirring out of his fathers 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.
Page 356 - Sophocles, then a young man, brought his first piece on the theatre ; and Aphepsion, the archon, perceiving that the audience were not unprejudiced, did not appoint the judges by lot in the usual manner.
Page 80 - ... and obliging her to make use of matter which requires much manual labour, and is the object of servile trades ; then mechanics were separated from geometry, and, being a long time despised by the philosopher, were considered as a brauch of the miliiary art.

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