The history of Greece, continued to the death of Alexander the great by R.A. Davenport, Volume 3

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Page 256 - Of depth immeasurable: anon they move In perfect phalanx to the Dorian mood Of flutes and soft recorders: such as raised To height of noblest temper heroes old Arming to battle, and instead of rage Deliberate valour breath'd. firm and unmoved With dread of death to flight or foul retreat: Nor wanting power to mitigate and swage With solemn touches, troubled thoughts, and chase Anguish, and doubt, and fear, and sorrow, and pain, From mortal or immortal minds.
Page 89 - Lacedaemonian commissioners as the ground of their proceeding, he seems rather to have stated the arguments publicly circulated by the friends of the several parties. It appears to have been very generally held among the Greeks of that age, that men were bound by no duties to each other without some express compact. The property of foreigners might be anywhere seized, and themselves reduced to slavery, or even put to death, without the breach of any human law ; and not only without the breach of...
Page 26 - ... held most sacred among men, availed nothing. All died alike ; or if there was a difference, the virtuous, the charitable, the generous, exposing themselves beyond others, were the first and the surest to suffer. An inordinate and before unknown licentiousness of manners followed. Let us enjoy ourselves ; let us, if possible, drown thought in pleasure today, for to-morrow we die, was the prevailing maxim. No crime therefore that could give the means of any enjoyment, was scrupled ; for such were...
Page 271 - ... had spoken and ruled, where Thucydides was then writing, where Socrates was then teaching, where Xenophon and Plato and Isocrates were receiving their education, and where the paintings of Parrhasius and Zeuxis, the sculpture of Phidias and Praxiteles, the architecture of Callicrates and Ictinus, and the sublime and chaste dramas of Sophocles and Euripides formed the delight of the people.
Page 299 - ... nevertheless led him far to exceed, in magnificence, both what suited his means and what became his situation; if he is now appointed to a command above his years, but with which, at his years especially, a man is likely to be delighted ; above all, if repairs are wanting to a wasted fortune, which may make such a command desirable to him, though ruinous to his country ; it behoves you to beware how you accede to the advice of such a counsellor.
Page 403 - ... was taken of those who sickened; and, when any died, as many did, some of unattended wounds, some of disorder caused by various hardship, the bodies remained to putrefy among their living companions ; and the eloquent historian, here as on a former occasion, failing of words to his mind to describe the extreme misery, sums up all with saying, that no suffering could possibly result from so wretched a situation which was not experienced by the Athenian prisoners.
Page 30 - What we suffer from the gods,' continued he, 'we should bear with patience ; what from our enemies, with manly firmness ; and such were the maxims of our forefathers. From unshaken fortitude in misfortune has arisen the present power of this commonwealth, together with that glory which, if our empire, according to the lot of all earthly things, decay, shall still survive to all posterity.
Page 384 - Eurymedon, who commanded the right, stretched away with a view to surround the left of the enemy. The centre, spreading to obviate the danger of too great an interval between the divisions, weakened itself by making the intervals too great between ship and ship. In this state it was attacked by the enemy in close order, and presently defeated. The Syracusans, then directing their principal effort against the division of Eurymedon, now cut off from the rest of the fleet, took, destroyed, or drove...
Page 183 - His character passed for a specimen of the character of his fellow countrymen; and his constant declaration, that the great purpose of his commission was to give perfect freedom and independency to all Grecian cities, received such support from the wise liberality of his conduct, that it found general credit. Perdiccas, a prince of much policy and little honour, forgetting his resentment, was desirous of profiting from his...
Page 385 - Accordingly they applied themselves immediately to blockade the port; desirous now to prevent the departure of that force, from which they had expected the worst evils of subjugation; and proposing no less than to destroy, or reduce to the dreadful condition of prisoners at discretion, the whole of that formidable fleet and army. Meanwhile not dejection only, from a sense of C.GO.

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