The History of Great-Britain Volume 1

The History of Great-Britain Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1814 edition. Excerpt: ...fawns and sylvans with the nymphs resort: But barb'rous priests some dreadful pow'r adore, And lustrate ev'ry tree with human gore, &c. &c. Rowes Lucan, book 3.! 594 9 Cluver. German. Antiq. 1.1. c. 34. p. 241.. Vol. I, N They They worshipped many Gods, but they had no images of these Gods, at least none in the shape of men or other animals; in their facred groves100. But whether this proceeded from a religious principle, or from their ignorance of the art of sculpture may be doubted. For though they had no artificial statues, yet they had certain visible symbols or emblems of their Gods. " All " the Celtic nations (fays Maximus Tyrius) " worshipped Jupiter, whose emblem or repre" sentation amongst them was a lofty oak .""" The oaks which were used for this purpose were truncated, that they might be the better emblems of unshaken firmness and stability. Such were those in theDruidical grove described byLucan'" Those imagfes, which Gildas fays were still remaining in his time, both within and without the walls of the ruinous heathen temples, had been erected by the Romans, or by the Britons after they were conquered, as well as the temples themselves'03.,"-;-; . Decline of The British Druids were in the zenith of their Lndofthdr po'we'r'an'd glory at the beginning of this period; religion. enjoying an almost absolute authority over the minds and persons of their own countrymen; and ioo Tacit. deMor. Ger. c. 9. 101 Maxim. Tyr. Dissert. 38., M..;.. Simulacraque mcesta deorum Arte carent. Caesisque extant informia truncis. I.ucan, 1. 3. ver. 411.. '. '. '." Strong knotted trunks of oak stood near, And artless emblems of their GodS appear. 1 Gilds: Historia, c. 1, 4 being being greatly..show more

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  • Paperback | 92 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 181g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236552253
  • 9781236552259