A Classical Dictionary of Biography, Mythology and Geography

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John Murray, 1891 - Biography - 832 pages

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Page 238 - As he slept on Latmus, his surprising beauty warmed the cold heart of Selene (the moon ), who came down to him, kissed him, and lay by ' his side. His eternal sleep on Latmus is assigned to different causes...
Page 377 - Jupiter fastened it with adamantine chains to the bottom of the sea, that it might be a secure resting-place for his beloved.
Page 27 - Towards the end of the first or the beginning of the second century after Christ, these lands were incorporated in the Roman empire.
Page 8 - Artemis with her nymphs bathing in the vale of Gargaphia, whereupon the goddess changed him into a stag, in which form he was torn to pieces by his 50 dogs on Mount Cithaeron.
Page 355 - His last moments were spent in conversation with a philosopher on the immortality of the soul — he expressed his expectation of being united with heaven, and with the stars,* which was one of his astrological vagaries, and he breathed his last without indicating the least sorrow for his fate, or...
Page 220 - Only stand a little out of my sunshine," said Diogenes. Alexander, we are told, was struck with such surprise at finding himself so little regarded, and saw something so great in that carelessness, that, while his courtiers were ridiculing the philosopher as a monster, he said, " If I were not Alexander, I should wish to be Diogenes.
Page 52 - Antaeus, the son of Terra, the Earth, was a mighty giant and wrestler, whose strength was invincible so long as he remained in contact with his mother Earth.
Page 136 - He was great,' repeats a modern writer, ' in every thing he undertook ; as a captain, a statesman, a lawgiver, a jurist, an orator, a poet, an historian, a grammarian, a mathematician, and an architect.
Page 349 - America, and leaving room therefore 011 the other side for wide plains of table-land, and for rivers with a sufficient length of course to become at last great and navigable. It is a back-bone thickly set with spines of unequal length, some of them running out at regular distances parallel to each other, but others twisted so strangely that they often run for a long way parallel to the back-bone, or main ridge, and interlace with one another in amaze almost inextricable.
Page 9 - Admetus was a suitor, with others, for the hand of Alcestis, the daughter of Pelias, who promised her to him who should come for her in a chariot drawn by lions and boars. This task Admetus performed by the assistance of his divine herdsman, and was made happy in the possession of Alcestis. But Admetus...

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