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Examples for Exercises in Translation 12-Dana, 100—Theseus, 1294-Dunbar, 14—Troy, 121-Dante, 759—Dekalb, 15-Othello, 132—Damon, 2742—Anacreon, 17—Dick,

145—Waterloo, 2952—Napoleon, 20-Inez, 170—Dix,

3041-Mozart, 24-Henry, 192- Audubon, 3102—Madison, 29-Niobe, 247-New York, 3432-Marmion, 31-Emmet, 274-Niagara, 3791-Macbeth, 33–Miami, 295-Hannibal, 4050—Rasselas, 34-Homer, 320-Hemans, 4147-Rhoderic, 37—Mohawk, 324—Monroe, 4350—Romulus, 40-Horace, 331-Mahomet, 4972—Rubicon, 42-Rhine, 347-America, 5210—Leonidas, 45-Raleigh, 351-Hamlet, 5591-Lilliput, 47-Argo,

402-Harrison, 5741-Lockhart, 49-Europe, 420–Rienzi, 5910—Lepidus, 50-Eolus, 430-Ramsay, 6202—Johnson, 54-Euler, 452—Rollin, 6702-Jackson, 57—Halleck, 465-Herschel 7152–Catlin, 59—Elba,

500—Ulysses, 7515—Caldwell, 62-Ossian, 592—Albany, 7701_Quixote, 65—Shelley, 595—Ole Bull, 8420-France, 68-Jove,

647-Jericho, 8512-Fulton, 71-Acadia, 722—Canaan, 8572_Vulcan, 72–Kean, 740—Greece, 8714–Victoria, 73—Como,

752-Calhoun, 9012_Boston, 75—Clay,

832—Hoffman, 9137–Potomac, 77-Coke, 845— Waverley, 9201—Poinsett, 82—Avon, 904– Pizarro,

9217-Pontiac, 85-Viola, 939—Pompeii, 9414-Porter, 91-Pitt,

942-Byron, 9431—Bermuda, 92—Boone, 951—Plato, 9521-Poland, 94—Perry, 970-Bacchus, 9722–Buchanan, 97-Polk,

985-Buffalo, 9952–Babylon.




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All facts expressed in figures are difficult to remember. In recollecting statistics by Mnemotechnic rules, we do not attempt to remember the figures, but we change them to words, and then recollect the words. Our first examples are in Chronological Events. On finding an Event with its Date, that we wish to Mnemonize, or retain in the mind by Mnemotechny, we take the “ Mnemotechnic Dictionary,” turn to the number that represents the date, and from the words that stand for the number, we select one that has the most intimate connection with the Event itself, and connect it with the Event, by a Sentence or Formula, and by look. ing over the Formula carefully, we remember the key. word, or, as we call it, the “Mnemotechnic Phrase,and that by translation will give us the Date. Suppose the Event to be London founded by the Romans,

A. D. 49. The word Europe standing for 49, we make this Formula: London founded by the Romans, is now the 4 9 largest city in

Europe. re, pe. The Mnemotechnic phrase Europe, is easily recollected in connection with the foundation of London, and stands for 49, the correct date.

We divide Chronology into three great periods; "Ancient,'

.Middle Age,” and “Modern.We have Ancient Chronology comprise the period from the Creation to the birth of Christ; Middle Age Chronology extends from the Christian Era to the year 1000 ; and Modern Chronology extends from the year 1000 to the present time. It may sometimes be difficult for the learner to tell whether an event took place before or after the Christian Era, if it was within a few years of that period. To prevent mistakes, the form. ulas have been constructed in a manner that will show whether an event took place before or after Christ, provided it was within 100 years of that period. All those events that took place before the Christian Era, and within 100 years of that period, have formulas with zero phrases, or phrases that stand for a zero or cipher first, and the remain. ing articulations stand for the correct date. All events that took place after the Christian Era, and within 100 years of that period, never have phrases that represent a cipher first. Song stands for the year that “ Dionysius of Halicarnassus completed his history,” and as Song stands for 07, the cipher before the 7 shows the event to have been before the Christian Era.

The learner will remember that this rule only applies to dates represented by one or two figures only. When Events transpired more than 100 years either before or after Christ, the formulas are no guide to the period, and it must be left to the judgment of the learner.

On the opposite page is a table of Events. In order to tell the dates from memory, the learner must commit the formulas on the two following pages. The phrases in Antique letter at the close of each formula, translate to the date of the Event that is mentioned. Without spending much time in practicing on the words in the preceding pages, if learners will commit to memory a few pages

of formulas every day, and recite them by giving the dates aloud by translating the Phrases, in the course of a few weeks, they will commit to memory all the tables in the volume, and amass an amount of Historical, Biographical, Literary and Scientific information, that very few persons learn in the course of their lives. It will be seen by practice, that the formulas for a page of dates can be committed to memory in less than one fourth the time that the dates themselves can, and be retained infinitely longer. Some practice in translation, will enable the learner to give a date as readily by translating the phrase, as if the date itself was remembered.










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Artificial Memory first taught by Simonides,

B. C. 469 Athenian army under Nicias, captured at Syracuse,

413 Beginning of the Olympic Era, Byzantium, (now Constantinople,) founded,

657 Cæsar killed in the Senate-house, by Brutus and Cassius, Cambyses, king of Persia, conquered Egypt,

525 Cicero banished, at the instigation of Clodius,

58 Cyrus captured Babylon, ·

538 Death of Socrates,

400 Dionysius of Halicarnassus, completes his history,

7 Draco of Athens, framed his bloody code of laws, .

621 Eclipse of the Moon: the first on record, .

721 First law in Rome against bribery at elections,

149 First Triumvirate, between Pompoy, Cæsar and Crassus, . 60 Gladiators first exhibited,

264 Grecian system of education adopted at Rome, .

164 Homer supposed to have flourished,

907 Lysimachus defeated and slain at Cyropedium, .

281 Marius defeats and captures Jugurtha,

106 Parchment invented by King Attalus,

210 Peloponnesian War commenced,

431 Pompey's Pillar erected at Alexandria,

48 Retreat of the Ten thousand Greeks, under Xenophon, .

401 Rise of the Achæan League,

280 Rome founded,

753 Sardinia and Corsica conquered by the Romans,

231 Scipio “ carries the war into Africa,” and besieges Utica, 204 Second Punic War commenced-lasted sixteen years, 218 The seven wise men of Greece flourish,

621 Solar Eclipses first calculated, by Thales,

620 Solon's Laws adopted at Athens,

594 The Mausoleum, the sixth wonder of the world, erected, 351 Tiberius Gracchus put to death,

133 Xerxes, king of Persia, commenced his reign,


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A Sail on the Nile. le, ne, le. Cicero was banished at the instigation of 0 5 8

Clodius, and he left rather than be A Slave, se, le, Cyrus captured Babylon, by

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A Sly Move. le, me, ve. Socrates was put to death, and slept as quiet- 4 0 0 ly as if on a bed of

Roses. re, ze, ze. Dionysius of Halicarnassus completed his

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se, ghe Draco of Athens framed his bloody code of 6 2 1

laws, and acted like a cruel Giant. je, ne, te. The First Eclipse of the Moon on record, 7 2 1 looked like

A Sky Window. ke, ne, de The Law in Rome against bribery at elec- 1 4 9 tions, affected many

A Tribe. te, re, be. The First Triumvirate, was a coalition of 0 6 0 three

Sages. se, je, ze. Gladiators were first exhibited, and inflicted 2 6 4 on one another much

Injury, ne, je, re. The Grecian System of Education, adopted 1 6 4 at Rome, had many

A Teacher. te, che, re,

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