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

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Cadell and Davies, 1819 - 570 páginas
 

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Página 317 - Max. ii. 4. 7. and for some time they were exhibited only on such occasions ; but afterwards, also, by the magistrates, to entertain the people, chiefly at the Saturnalia and feasts of Minerva. Incredible numbers of men were destroyed in this manner. After the triumph of Trajan over the Dacians, spectacles were exhibited for 123 days, in which 11,000 animals of different kinds were killed ; and 10,000 gladiators fought, Di.ii.
Página 67 - TMUNICIPIA were foreign towns which obtained the right of Roman citizens. Of these there were different kinds. Some possessed all the rights of Roman citizens, except such as could not be enjoyed without residing at Rome. Others enjoyed the right of serving in the Roman legion, (MUNERA militaria CAPERE poterant,) but had not the right of voting and of obtaining civil offices.
Página 458 - 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...
Página 319 - COLIS.KCM, 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.
Página 303 - The 1 3 nones 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 7th, and the ides on the 15th.
Página 470 - 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.
Página 402 - 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.
Página 35 - This right was exercised with so great cruelty, especially in the corrupt ages of the republic, that laws were made at different times to restrain it. The lash was the common punishment ; but for certain crimes they used to be branded in the...
Página 295 - In sacrifices ii was requisite that those who offered them should come chaste and pure; that they should bathe themselves ; be dressed in white robes, and crowned with the leaves of that tree, which was thought most acceptable to the god. whom they worshipped. Sometimes also in the garb of suppliants, with dishevelled hair, loose robes, and barefooted..
Página 131 - AU 260, in the Comitia Curiata, at the same time with the tribunes of the commons, to be as it were their assistants, and to determine certain lesser causes, which the tribunes committed to them, Dionys.

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