Roman Antiquities: Or an Account of the Manners and Customs of the Romans ; Designed to Illustrate the Latin Classics, by Explaining Words and Phrases, from the Rites and Customs to which They Refer

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W. E. Dean, 1842 - 439 Seiten
 

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Seite 218 - IDUS, the ides, from the obsolete verb iduare, to divide ; because the ides divided the month. The nones were so called, because counting inclusively, they were nine days from the ides. In March, May, July, and October, the nones fell on the seventh, and the ides on the fifteenth.
Seite 304 - On each couch there were commonly three. They lay with the upper part of the body reclined on the left arm, the head a little raised, the back supported by cushions, and the limbs stretched out at full length, or a little bent ; the feet of the first behind the back of the second, and his feet behind the back of the third, with a pillow between each.
Seite 290 - The tunica or tunic, was a white woollen vest, which came down a little below the knees before, and to the middle of the leg behind, and was fastened about the waist by a girdle, which also served as a purse.
Seite 153 - May I take you to witness ? If the person consented, he offered the tip of his...
Seite 417 - Dionysius informs us, farther, that this public land, by the negligence of the magistrates, had been suffered to fall into the possession of rich men ; but that, notwithstanding this, a division of the lands would have taken place under this law, if Cassius had not included among the receivers of the bounty the Latins and the Hemici, whom he had but a little while before 'made citizens.
Seite 329 - If he died intestate, and without children, she inherited his whole fortune as a daughter. If he left children, she had an equal share with them.
Seite 231 - COLISEUM, from the Colossus or large statue of Nero which stood near it. It was of an oval form, and is said to have contained 87,000 spectators. Its ruins still remain. The place where the gladiators fought -was called ARENA, because it was covered with sand or saw-dust, to prevent the gladiators from sliding, and to absorb the blood ; and the persons who fought Arenarii.
Seite 20 - It was the part of the Patron to advise and to defend his client, to assist him with his interest and •substance, in short to do every thing for him that a parent uses to do for his children. The Client was obliged to pay all kind of respect to his patron, and to serve him with his life and fortune in any extremity, Dionys.
Seite 360 - The exportation of paper being prohibited by one of the Ptolemies, out of envy against Eumenes, King of Pergamus, who endeavoured to rival him in the magnificence of his library, the use of parchment, or the art of preparing skins for writing, was discovered at Pergamus, hence called PERGAMENA, sc. charta, vel MEMBHANA, parchment. Hence also Cicero calls his four books of Academics, quatuor Bip&ji*, ie libri e membranis facti, Att.
Seite 211 - ... they frequently touched the altars or the knees of the images of the gods ; turning themselves round in a...

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