Athens, Its Rise and Fall: With Views of the Literature, Philosophy, and Social Life of the Athenian People, المجلد 1

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Harper & Brothers, 1852
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الصفحة 99 - The Lord of hosts hath purposed it, to stain the pride of all glory, And to bring into contempt all the honourable of the earth.
الصفحة 273 - But to none did the fortunes of thatLossesof field open a more illustrious career than to aeachsidc. youth of the tribe Leontis, in whom, though probably then but a simple soldier in the ranks, was first made manifest the nature and the genius destined to command. The name of that youth was Themistocles. Seven vessels were captured — six thousand four hundred of the Barbarians fell in the field — the Athenians and their brave ally lost only one hundred and ninety-two ; but among them perished...
الصفحة 272 - Platean forces on the other. The brave Polemarch, after the most signal feats of valor, fell fighting in the field ; but his troops, undismayed, smote on with spear and sword. The Barbarians retreated backward to the sea, where swamps and marshes encumbered their movements, and here (though the Athenians did not pursue them far) the greater portion were slain, hemmed in by the morasses, and. probably ridden down by their own disordered cavalry. Meanwhile, the two tribes...
الصفحة 157 - ... a thing in a primitive age, we know nothing analogous to such a case, and that it so transcends the common limits of intellectual power, as at the least to merit with as much justice as the opposite opinion the character of improbability.
الصفحة 129 - They had no respect for any other cultivation of the mind, than that which produced bold men, and short sentences. Them, nor the science of Aristotle, nor the dreams of Plato were fitted to delight. Music and dancing were indeed cultivated amongst them, and with success and skill ; but the music and the dance were always of one kind — it was a crime to vary an air* or invent a measure. A martial, haughty, and superstitious tribe, can scarcely fail to be attached to poetry, — war is ever the inspiration...
الصفحة 271 - The first Greeks of whom I have heard," says the simple Halicarnassean, " who ever ran to attack a foe — the first, too, who ever beheld without dismay the garb and armour of the Medes.; for hitherto in Greece the very name of Mede had excited terror.
الصفحة 271 - Homer, were still retained ; their helmets were wrought and crested, the cones mostly painted in glowing colours, and the plumage of feathers, or horse-hair, rich and waving in proportion to the rank of the wearer. Broad, sturdy, and richly ornamented were their bucklers, the pride and darling of their arms, the loss of which was the loss of honour.
الصفحة 18 - ... name ; their handwriting is yet upon their walls. A restless and various people — overrunning the whole of Greece, found northward in Dacia, Illyria, and the country of the Getae, colonizing the coasts of Ionia, and long the master-race of the fairest lands of Italy — they have passed away amidst the revolutions of the elder earth, their ancestry and their descendants alike unknown ; yet not indeed the last, if my conclusions are rightly drawn : if the primitive population of Greece — themselves...
الصفحة 272 - Athenians rushing toward them, they considered them, thus few and destitute alike of cavalry and archers, as madmen hurrying to destruction. But it was evidently not without deliberate calculation that Miltiades had so commenced the attack. The warlike experience of his guerilla life had taught him to know the foe against whom he fought. To volunteer the assault, was to forestall and cripple the charge of the Persian horse ; besides, the long lances, the heavy arms, the hand-to-hand...
الصفحة 19 - ... language, and kindred with the blood, of the later and more illustrious Hellenes — they still made the great bulk of the people in the various states, and through their most dazzling age. Enslaved in Laconia, but free in Athens, it was their posterity that fought the Mede at Marathon and Platsea, — whom Miltiades led, — for whom Solon legislated, — for whom Plato thought, — whom Demosthenes harangued. Not less in Italy than in Greece the parents of an imperishable tongue, and, in part,...

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