A View If Antient History; Including the Progress of Literature and Fine Arts Volume 2

A View If Antient History; Including the Progress of Literature and Fine Arts Volume 2

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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. 1791 edition. Excerpt: ...impossibilities, and saw no obstacles where he pointed the way. This irregular character carried the fame extravagance of speculation and action into public life, which he had displayed in private. The ordinary maxims of prudence, and the established forms of policy, were little adapted to a mind that aimed at the vast and unbounded. His wild and ambitious views did not stop short at the conquest of Sicily, but looked forward to the possession of the cultivated shores of Italy and Africa, and to the establishment of super-eminent dominion both byland and sea. Possessed of the most insinuating talents, he communicated the contagion of ambition to the Athenian people, who, blinded by these romantic and fallacious prospects, precipitately granted the demand of the Egestaeans, and Isocrat. dc pace Andocid. Orat. 3d. appointed Chap. appointed Alcibiades, Nicias, and Lamachus xx. to command the fleet; with full powers, not only to relieve Egesta, and restore the Leontines to their city, but to regulate the affairs of Sicily in such a manner as was best adapted to the interest of Athens. Nicias, distinguished by his prudence, no less than by his probity, remonstrated against the Sicilian expedition with unusual warmth and vigour, and described, in strong colours, the calamities that might thence result to the republic. He represented to the people his surprize, that an affair of such importance should have been determined, almost the very moment it was taken into deliberation; that in pursuit of an airy and impracticable scheme they had gone abroad in search of enemies, when they were surrounded with them at home; and that though they were but just beginning to recover from the calamities of the late war and the pestilence, they were wantonly..show more

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  • Paperback | 106 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 204g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236659880
  • 9781236659880