Roman Antiquities: Or, An Account of the Manners and Customs of the Romans ... Designed Chiefly to Illustrate the Latin Classics, by Explaining Words and Phrases from the Rites and Customs to which They Refer

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T. Cadell, 1835 - Rome - 572 pages

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Page 445 - The exportation of paper being prohibited by one of the Ptolemies, out of envy against Eumenes, King of Pergamus, who endeavoured to rival him in the magnificence of his library, the use of parchment, or the art of preparing skins for writing, was discovered at Pergamus, hence called PERGAMENA, sc. charta, vel MEMBHANA, parchment. Hence also Cicero calls his four books of Academics, quatuor Bip&ji*, ie libri e membranis facti, Att.
Page 329 - A silver eagle, with expanded wings, on the top of a spear, sometimes holding a thunderbolt in its claws, with the figure of a small chapel above it, Dio. xl. 18., was the common standard of the legion, at least after the time of Marius, for before that the figures of other animals were used, Plin.
Page 385 - Come on therefore, let us enjoy the good things that are present : and let us speedily use the creatures like as in youth. Let us fill ourselves with costly wine and ointments : and let no flower of the spring pass by us. Let us crown ourselves with rosebuds before they be withered.
Page 337 - The general, when he began to turn his chariot from the Forum to the Capitol, ordered the captive kings and leaders of the enemy to be led to prison, and there to be slain, Cic.
Page 526 - They approve the inhuman and unequal principle of retaliation ; and the forfeit of an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, a limb for a limb, is rigorously exacted, unless the offender can redeem his pardon by a fine of three hundred pounds of copper. The decemvirs distributed with much liberality the slighter chastisements of flagellation and servitude; and nine crimes of a very different complexion are adjudged worthy of death.
Page 383 - ... principal building were, in the first place, a grand circular vestibule with four halls on each side, for cold, tepid, warm, and steam baths ; in the centre was an immense square, for exercise, when the weather was unfavourable to it in the open air ; beyond it a great hall, where sixteen hundred marble seats were placed for the convenience of the bathers ; at each end of this hall were libraries.
Page 72 - COMITIUM, where the pulpit or tribunal (suggestum) stood, whence the orators used to harangue the people. It was afterwards called ROSTRA, because it was adorned with the beaks of the ships taken from the Antiates, L/'v.
Page 280 - Cœsar, when he became master of the state, resolved to put an end to this disorder, by abolishing the source of it, the use of the intercalations ; and for that purpose...
Page 312 - It was d'etermined by lot in what manner the tribes should be called. The consuls ordered such as they pleased to be cited out of each tribe, and every one was obliged to answer to his name under a severe penalty, Liv.
Page 244 - ... herself into an eagle. After this transformation the goddess pursued the god with apparent ferocity, and Jupiter fled for refuge into the arms of Leda, who was bathing in the Eurotas. Jupiter took advantage of his situation, and nine...

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