Travels of Anacharsis the Younger in Greece: During the Middle of the Fourth Century Before the Christian Aera. Tr. from the French. In Seven Volumes and an Eighth in Quarto, Containing Maps, Plan [etc.], Volumen 3

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G. G. J. & J. Robinson, 1790
 

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Página 4 - ... gods. I shall now briefly set before you some facts, indicating the state of morals, as well in those nations, where the intellectual powers of man, received their highest polish, as among those of less refinement. And, I. We notice the inhuman custom of exposing infants. In Greece, the father had the right of pronouncing on the life or death of his children. On their birth, they were laid at his feet ; and if he took them in his arms, they were saved. When he was not wealthy enough to bring...
Página 366 - ... We seemed so astonished at these wretched quibbles, and so embarrassed in our manner, that all the scholars burst into a laugh The indefatigable Eubulides however continued : — But here is the most difficult knot to unravel. Epimenides has said, that all the Cretans are liars...
Página 122 - This is all I know of the matter ; and having so said, he immediately walked away. Our life, said a disciple of Plato, is at once a comedy and tragedy ; in the former point of view it can have no other plot than our folly, nor in the latter any catastrophe but death ; and as it partakes of the nature of both these dramas, it is interspersed with pleasures and with pains/ The conversation was perpetually varying.
Página 120 - ... and such individuals appear or disappear? The earth is a theatre, changing. its scenery every moment. Is it not annually clothed with new flowers and new fruits? The atoms of which I am composed will one day reunite after their separation, and I shall revive in another form.* Alas...
Página 205 - Nicos, who reigned about two hundred and fifty years ago in Egypt, some vessels manned with Phoenicians took their departure from the Arabian Gulph, made the circuit of Africa, and returned after a voyage of two years to Egypt, by the straits of Cadir*; but these enterprises, supposing this account to be true, have been no further prosecuted.
Página 347 - Egypt, and alighted, the one inLybia, and the other at Dodona, The latter sitting on an oak distinctly pronounced these words: "Institute on this spot an oracle in honour of Jupiter.
Página 122 - ... by an old age which renders him an object of contempt, and a tomb that consigns him to oblivion. You have but to study him. His virtues are only the barter for his vices; if he refrains from one, it is only to obey the other.
Página 468 - Already loaded with honours at the scene of action, the victors returned to their own country with all the pageantry of triumph, preceded and followed by a numerous train, and sometimes entered their native city through a breach made in the walls, to denote that the place which could produce such strong and valiant men, had little need of stone bulwarks.
Página 437 - ... by a multitude of spectators ; while others in still greater numbers were stationing themselves confusedly on a hill, in form of an amphitheatre, above the course. Chariots were flying over the plain ; on all sides were heard the sound of trumpets, and the neighing of horses, mingled with the shouts of the multitude. But when we were able to divert our eyes for a moment from this spectacle, and to contrast with the tumultuous agitations of the public joy the repose and silence of nature, how...
Página 124 - For whom is this dreadful spectacle intended ? Is it for the gods, who have no need of it ; Is it for men, who are its victims ? And why am I myself compelled to act a part on this stage ? Why was I drawn from non-entity without my knowledge, and rendered wretched without being asked whether I consented to be so ? I interrogate the heavens, the earth, and the whole universe. What answer can they give ? They silently execute orders without...

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