Plutarch's Lives, Tr., with Notes and a Mem. by J. and W. Langhorne

Plutarch's Lives, Tr., with Notes and a Mem. by J. and W. Langhorne

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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. 1881 edition. Excerpt: ... of the public treasury. About this time there came an embassy from the king of Parthia to solicit his friendship ami alliance. Lucullus received the proposal with pleasure, and sent ambassadors in fits turn; who, when they were at thai, prince's court, discovered that he was unresolved what part to act, and that he was privately treating with Tigranes for Mesopotamia, as a reward for the succours with which he should furnish him. As soon as Lucullus was sensible of this, he determined to let Tigranes and Alithridates alone, as adversaries already tired out, and to try his strength with the Parthian, by entering his territories. He thought it would be glorious, if in one expedition, during the tide of good fortune, like an able wrestler he would throw three princes successively, and traverse the dominions of three of the most powerful kings under the sun, perpetually victorious. For this reason he sent orders lo Sornatins and his other officers in Pontus to bring their forces to him, as he intended to begin his march for Parthia from Gordyene. These officers had already found their soldiers refractory and obstinate, but now tbey saw them absolutely mutinous, and not to be wronght upon by any method of persuasion or of force. On the contrary, they loudly declared they would not even stay there, but would go and leave Pontus itself unguarded. When an account of this behaviour was brought to Lucullus, it corrupted the troops he had with him: and they were very ready to receive these impressions, loaded as they were with wealth, enervated with luxury, and panting after repose. Upon hearing, therefore, of the bold terms in which the others bad expressed themselves, they said tbey acted like men, and set an example worthy of imitation; u And...show more

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  • 189 x 246 x 40mm | 1,383g
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  • United States
  • English
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  • 1236973054
  • 9781236973054