The history of Thucydides, newly tr. and illustr. with annotations [&c.] by S.T. Bloomfield, Volumen1


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Página 434 - A battle, according to a great modern authority, 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...
Página 337 - A tent called the Aspek, was pitched outside (in the court) larger than the hall, to which it joined by the top. It spread over half the court, and was completely enclosed by a great balustrade, covered with plates of silver. Its supporters were pillars overlaid with silver, three of which were as thick and as high as the mast of a barque, the others smaller.
Página 371 - Nebuchadnezzar spake, and said, Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who hath sent his angel, and delivered his servants that trusted in him, and have changed the king's word, and yielded their bodies, that they might not serve nor worship any god, except their own God.
Página 404 - Such was the universal corruption of the air, that the pestilence which burst forth in the fifteenth year of Justinian was not checked or alleviated by any difference of the seasons. In time its first malignity was abated and dispersed ; the disease alternately languished and revived ; but it was not till the end of a calamitous period of fifty-two years that mankind recovered their health, or thf air resumed its pure and salubrious quality.
Página 379 - ... pathetic and tender to the most sportive, and, unfortunately, the most licentious, exhibit a wonderful power of narration ; and his description of the plague in Florence, which serves as an introduction to them, may be ranked with the most celebrated historical descriptions which have descended to us. The perfect truth of colouring; the exquisite choice of circumstances, calculated to produce the deepest impression, and which place before our eyes the most repulsive scenes, without exciting disgust...
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Página 23 - Thucydides assures us, such had been the excesses of piracy, that all the shores both of the continent and islands of Greece were nearly deserted : the ground was cultivated only at a secure distance from the sea ; and there only towns and villages were to be found. But no sooner was the evil repressed than the active temper of the Greeks led them again to the coast: the most commodious havens were occupied ; the spirit of adventure and industry, which had before been exerted in robbery, was now...
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