The Universal Cyclopaedia

The Universal Cyclopaedia

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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. 1900 edition. Excerpt: ...of the university. The king had great confidence in him, and his talents were noticed and respected at the courts of France and England. But his policy was in utter opposition to that of the court, and even to that of the king. In 1676 he fell out with the king, and the courtiers hastened to have him bereft of his honors'and put in orison, and finally had him sent 1,000 miles away, to Munkholm, a lonely rock-fortress in the fiord of Trondhjem. The king soon forgot him, and he remained imprisoned for twenty-three vears. I). Mav 11,1699. Griffin from 0. Fr. griffon: Ital. grifone: Span, grifo Lat. gryphus, from Gr. 7pity: a fabulous animal, part lion and part eagle, and having the characteristics of both--strength, rapacity, courage, and swiftness. Its figure varies in different countries and eras. It was emblematic of vigilance, and as a symbol of divine power it originally attended upon anv of the Greek gods, though in classical times it belonged first of all to Apollo, and then to Bacchus, Diana, and Nemesis. The home of the griffins was in the far north, between the Hyperboreans and the one-eyed Arimaspi. There, on Mt. Rhipa," they guarded the gold of the north, which the Arimaspi, mounted on horses, tried to take from them. The Greeks really believed in the existence of the griffin, and the poet Aristeas of Proconnesus (Tournier, De Aristea Proconnesio et Arimaxpeo poemate, Paris, 1863) says (according to Herodotus, iv., 13) that he visited the Issedones who lived beyond the Scythians and affirmed the existence of the Arimaspi and the griffin watch-dogs. (Cf. Eschvlus's Hitrrofioi Zr/vhs &Kkayyth Kvvts.) Ctesias, the Greek physician of Artaxerxes. outdoes Aristeas in his wonderful story about the griffins in India. He says that their...show more

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  • English
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  • 1236532627
  • 9781236532626