Elements of General History, Ancient and Modern: To which are Added a Comparative View of Ancient and Modern Geography, and a Table of Chronology

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E. Duyckinck, D.D. Smith, & G. Long. George Long, printer., 1819 - Всего страниц: 448

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Стр. 51 - Doric has a masculine grandeur, and a superior air of strength to both the others. It is therefore best adapted to works of great magnitude, and of a sublime character. The character of sublimity is essentially connected with chaste-ness and simplicity.
Стр. 47 - Greece; a progress in which their art was more conspicuous than their virtue. They gained their end by fostering dissensions between the states, which they directed to their own advantage; corrupting their principal citizens, and using, in fine, every art of the most insidious policy. A pretext was only wanting to unsheath the sword; and this was furnished by the Achaaan states, who insulted the deputies of imperial Rome.
Стр. 24 - Leleges, were extremely barbarous ; but a dawning of civilization arose under the Titans, a Phoenician or Egyptian colony, who settled in the country about the time of Moses. — The Titans gave the Greeks the first ideas of religion, and introduced the worship of their own gods, Saturn, Jupiter, Ceres, &c...
Стр. 273 - ... specified are so few as to warrant no positive inference. 10. This theory is an amusing specimen of the author's ingenuity; but it has not the force to draw our assent to his conclusions. We have noticed it, as specifying many curious facts relative to the manners and attainments of the ancient nations, and as furnishing strong evidence of the common origin of mankind. The nations above mentioned, though many of them remote from each other, were all connected, as links of a chain, by proximity;...
Стр. 207 - IX. of France. This prince, summoned, as he believed, by Heaven, after four years' preparation, set out for the Holy Land, with his Queen, his three brothers, and all the Knights of France. His army began their enterprise by an attack on Egypt, where, after some considerable successes, they were at length utterly defeated, and the French monarch, with two of his brothers, fell into the hands of the enemy.
Стр. 280 - III., with the weakest policy, declared himself the head, and thus the avowed enemy of one half of his subjects. He saw his error when too late ; and dreading the designs of the duke of Guise, and his brother the cardinal of Lorraine, whose authority had superseded his own, he basely rid himself of bis fears by procuring their assassination.
Стр. 88 - Cassar, who, at this critical moment, arrived in Rome. Availing himself of ' these titles, Octavius gained the senate to his interest, and divided with Antony the favour of the people. The rivals, soon perceived that it was their wisest plan to unite their interests ; and they admitted Lepidus into their association, whose power, as governor of Gaul, and immense riches, gave him a title to a share of authority. Thus was formed the second Triumvirate, the effects of whose union were beyond measure...
Стр. 288 - ... marched into the heart of England. 12. It was now absolutely necessary to assemble a parliament ; and the king at length saw that the torrent was irresistible, and resolved, though too late, to give it way. A bill passed for abolishing the tonnage and poundage without consent of parliament, and received the royal assent. Monopolies of every kind were abolished. A parliament was agreed to be summoned every third year. Unsatisfied with these concessions, the commons impeached the earl of Strafford,...
Стр. 308 - De Retz and Orleans, the chief promoters of the rebellion, were banished, and Mazarin resumed his station as minister. — Conde had joined the Spaniards in an attack on the French Netherlands, but was overmatched by Turenne, who revenged this insult by the taking of Dunkirk, and several fortified towns under the Spanish government. Dunkirk, was, by convention with Cromwell, ceded to the English, and afterwards sold back to France, aswtrhave seen, by Charles II. 4. The war with Spain was ended in...
Стр. 255 - Cimabue, a Florentine, from the sight of the paintings of some Greek artists in one of the churches, began to attempt similar performances, and soon excelled his models. His scholars were Ghiotto, Gaddi, Tasi, Cavallini, and Stephano Fiorentino; and these formed an academy at Florence in 1350. 3. The works of these early painters, with some fidelity of imitation, had not a spark of grace or elegance; and such continued to be the state of the art till towards the. end of the fifteenth century, when...

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