The History of Greece, from the Earliest Period to the Death of Agesilaus, Volume 3

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T. Tegg and son, 1835

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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 138 - He further showed his judgement, when the decree was to be passed which was finally to direct the expedition, by a request, which was readily granted, that Demosthenes might be joined with him in the command.
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 36 - Saxe, is the resource of ignorant generals: when they know not what to do, they fight a battle. It was almost universally the resource of the age of Pericles: little conception was entertained of military operations, beyond ravage and a battle. His genius led him to a superior system, which the wealth of his country enabled him to carry into practice. His favourite maxim was to spare the lives of his soldiers; and scarcely any general ever gained so many important advantages with so little bloodshed.
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 138 - Cleon, unversed in military command, the undertaking was rash and the bragging promise abundantly ridiculous, yet the business was not so desperate as it was in the moment generally imagined : and in fact the folly of the Athenian people, in committing such a trust to such a man. far exceeded that of the man himself, whose impudence seldom carried him beyond the control of his cunning. He had received intelligence that Demosthenes had...
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...

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