Lectures Upon the Portions of History

Lectures Upon the Portions of History

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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. 1838 edition. Excerpt: ...of men. The tales of wonder that were related of the ancient I110l'zy-y heroes and demigods, were adapted to inspire the human breast with that ardent passion for glory, and that singular enthusiasm which predominated in the Grecian character, to the lamentable disparagement of the milder and more amiable virtues. The geographical situation of Greece, had also its share of ob'.!'!"_' influence in forming the manners and character of the peop icalsltua, .. Lion. ple. The face of their country every where exhibited the most romantic, picturesque, and interesting scenes; their delightful climate was calculated to cherish ardour, enthusiasm, and patriotic devotion; while the numerous seas, bays, and gulfs that surrounded them, promoted intercourse with their neighbours, facilitated commercial interchange, and invited enterprizing emigrants from abroad. Among the numerous causes that combined to raise the Grecians to so high a pitch of physical and intellectual improvement, we must not overlook their numerous games and other institutions, which drew all the citizens very frequently together from every part of the country, to exercise their skill and stimulate their ambition by emulation and strife. The Olympic and Isthmian games were the most celebrated;,2, ?u"t', ', ')ff; but besides these, every little state, and every considerable, ...... kc. city, had numerous institutions of the kind, where it was honourable to excel, and disgraceful to be excelled. ATHENS Athens got The Athenians, after abolishing the kingly office in 2934, k, n';s"fl: e'I. retained their perpetual or hereditary archons, till 3250, after r'Pwfllnr-which time they were governed by decennial archons, or ar...show more

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  • Paperback | 86 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 168g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236984706
  • 9781236984708