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Their arms, and titles, and ensigns, were calculated to inspire terror, and to
display the variety of nations who marched under the imperial standard. And not
a vestige was left of that severe simplicity, which, in the ages of freedom and
... that their sons, who succeeded to the inheritance, fhould devote themselves to
the profession of arms, at soon as they attained the age of manhood; and their
cowardly refusal was punished by the loss of honour, of fortune, or even of life".
Whenever, on public ceremonies, they were drawn up in the courts and porticoes
of the palace, their lofty stature, filent order, and splendid arms of silver and gold,
displayed a martial pomp, not unworthy of the Roman majesty". From the seven ...
c H. A. P. ance to the success of the Roman arms; and even xvii. the cities of Italy,
who admired the virtues of S- their vićtorious general, adorned the pomp of his
triumph by their voluntary gifts of crowns of gold, which after the ceremony, were
The offensive arms of the Sarmatians were short daggers, long lances, and a
weighty bow with a quiver of arrows. They were reduced to the necessity of
employing fish bones for the points of their weapons; but the custom of dipping
them in a ...
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