The Pharsalia of Lucan Volume 1

The Pharsalia of Lucan 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. 1853 edition. Excerpt: ... Hrcmonian lands thoso herbs which she has not brought from thunder and lightning, nor yet the aslrological art denied from tho Chaldrons of Assyria. 1 Any method, tecret, hut lawfnt) ret. 430. He means thoso secret arts of dirinatiun which it was not uarighteous to use, such as geomancy and astrology; hut instead of resorting to these, Sextus employs tho forhidden practices of the art of necromancy. Hi had gained a knowhdge of) vcr. 432. "Novcrat" does not necessarily mean that Sextus was skilled himself in tho necromantic art, hut that he was aware of its existence and of the cultivation of it hy tho sorceresses of Thessaly. Weise, however, thinks that it implies that Sextus had Iudied the art. 'That the Uodt of heaven hum too littlt) ver. 433-4. He helieved that the Gods of heaven were not so likely to he acquainted with the future as the Infernal Deities and tho shades of the dead. 4 To offer violence to the Dcititt) ver. 441. To he ahle to gain power over tho reluctant Gods was one of the pretensions of the sorceresses of, antiquity. Thus, in the Ueroidrs of Ovid, in the Epistle of Hypsipyle to Jason, she says, speaking of the enchantress Medea, 1. 83, et tcq.: --" By her incantations has she influenced thee; and with her enchanted sickle does she reap the dreadful plants. She endeavours to draw down tho straggling moon from hor chariot, and to envelop tho horses of the sun in darkness. She hridles the waves and stops the winding rivers; sho moves the woods and the firm rocks from their spot" For an account of the magic rites and spells of the sorceresses of antiquity the reader is referred to the Third Volume of the Translation of Ovid in Bohn's Classical Lihrary, pages 56-7, and 278-9. --The Colchian ttranger...
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  • Paperback | 170 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 313g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236492064
  • 9781236492067