Roman Antiquities, Or, An Account of the Manners and Customs of the Romans: Designed to Illustrate the Latin Classics ...

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Collins, Keese, 1837 - 439 Seiten
 

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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 352 - He is in possession of an honour which the world perhaps knows nothing of. He may be a great man in his own family ; his wife and children may see the monument of an exploit, which the public in a little time is a stranger to. The Romans took a quite different method in this particular. Their medals were their current money. When an action deserved to be recorded on a coin, it was stamped perhaps upon a hundred thousand pieces of money like our shillings, or half-pence, which were issued out of the...
Seite 153 - May I take you to witness ? If the person consented, he offered the tip of his...
Seite 21 - Anciently this right of images was peculiar to the patricians ; but afterwards the plebeians also acquired it, when admitted to curule offices. Those who were the first of their family that had raised themselves to any curule office, were called Homines NOVI, new men or upstarts.
Seite 268 - Polyb. vi. 35. which was the usual punishment of theft, desertion, perjury, &c. When a soldier was to suffer this punishment, the tribune first struck him gently with a staff, on which signal all the soldiers of the legion fell upon him with sticks and stones, and generally killed him on the spot. If he made...
Seite 15 - But the power of the senate was chiefly conspicuous in civil dissensions or dangerous tumults within the city, in which that solemn decree used to be passed, " That the consuls should take care that the republic should receive no harm."13 By which decree an absolute power was granted to the consuls, to punish and put to death...
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 133 - These laws were intended to pave the way for the following: 5. That whoever had taken the life of a citizen uncondemned and without a trial, should be prohibited from fire and water; by which law Cicero, although not named, was plainly pointed at; Fell.
Seite 230 - Fiiscina, and in his right, a net (RETE), with which he attempted to entangle (irrctire) his adversary by casting it over his head, and suddenly drawing it together, and then with his trident he usually slew him. But if he missed his aim, by either throwing the net too short, or too far, he instantly betook himself to flight, and endeavoured to prepare his net for a second cast; while his antagonist as swiftly pursued, (whence the name Secutor) to prevent his design by dispatching him.
Seite 216 - Numa, in imitation of the Greeks, divided the year into twelve months, according to the course of the moon, consisting in all of 354 days : according to Pliny (Hist. Nat.

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