French Philosophers of the Eighteenth Century Volume 1-5

French Philosophers of the Eighteenth Century Volume 1-5

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1900 edition. Excerpt: ...chief fights for victory; the men of his following, for their chief. If the tribe to ' In case the olfense was homicide. which they belong sinks into the lethargy of long peace and quiet many of the noble youths voluntarily seek other tribes that are still carrying on war, because a quiet life is irksonie to the Germans and they gain renown more readily in the midst of perils, while a large following is not to be provided for except by violence and war. For they look to the liberality of their chief for their war-horse and their deadly and victorious spear; the feasts and entertainments, however, furnished them on a homely but liberal scale, fall to their lot as mere pay. The means for this bounty are acquired through war and plunder. Nor could you persuade them to ti1l__the.soil and await the yearly produce so easily as you could induce them to stir up an enemy and earn glorious wounds. Nay even they think it time a_1_1 l to acquire by their sweat Wat they can purchase by their blood. XV. In the intervals of peace they spend little time in hunting but much in idleness, given over to sleep and eating; all the bravest and most warlike doing nothing, while the hearth and home and the care of the fields is given over to the women, the-old men and the various infirm members of the family. The masters lie buried in sloth by that strange contradiction of nature that causes the same men to love indolence and hate peace. It is customary for the several tribesmen to present voluntary oflerin gs of cattle and grain to the chiefs which, though accepted as gifts of honor, also supply their wants. They are particularly delighted in the gifts of neighboring tribes, not only those sent by individuals, but those presented by states as such, --choice...show more

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  • Paperback | 66 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 136g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236969022
  • 9781236969026