A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology, Volume 1

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William Smith
J. Murray, 1873 - Biography

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Page 321 - We leave out of our consideration those territories which at the end of the fourteenth and the beginning of the fifteenth century...
Page 322 - beginning of the seventeenth to the end of the eighteenth century the history of Aristotelian literature is a perfect blank.
Page 116 - Asiatic conquerors, his progress was marked by something more than devastation and ruin ; at every step of his course the Greek language and civilization took root and flourished ; and after his death, Greek kingdoms were formed in all parts of Asia, which continued to exist for centuries. By his conquests the knowledge of mankind was increased ; the sciences of geography, natural history, and others, received vast additions ; and it was through him that a road was opened to India, and that Europeans...
Page 248 - Arachne in despair hung herself. The goddess loosened the rope and saved her life, but the rope was changed into a cobweb and Arachne herself into a spider (dpaxrrÁ), the animal most odious to Athena.
Page 392 - Amidst the storms of persecution, the archbishop of Alexandria was patient of labour, jealous of fame, careless of safety; and, although his mind was tainted by the contagion of fanaticism, Athanasius displayed a superiority of character and abilities, which would have qualified him, far better than the degenerate sons of Constantine, for the government of a great monarchy.
Page 175 - Antaeus, the son of Terra, the Earth, was a mighty giant and wrestler, whose strength was invincible so long as he remained in contact with his mother Earth.
Page 266 - E\(KWV), containing demonstrations of the principal properties of the curve, now known as the Spiral of Archimedes, which is generated by the uniform motion of a point along a straight line, revolving uniformly in one plane about one of its extremities. It appears from the introductory epistle to Dositheus that Archimedes had not been able to put these theorems in a satisfactory form without long-continued and repeated trials ; and that Conon, to whom he had sent them as problems along with various...
Page 264 - Plutarch (Marceli. c. 14), who, it should be observed, confounds the application of geometry to mechanics with the solution of geometrical problems by mechanical means, represents him as despising these contrivances, and only condescending to withdraw himself from the abstractions of pure geometry at the request of Hiero. Certain it is, however, that Archimedes did cultivate not only pure geometry, but also the mathematical theory of several branches of physics, in a truly scientific spirit, and...
Page 378 - ... possessed of considerable shrewdness and address, but with little science or professional skill. He began upon the plan which is so generally found successful by those who are conscious of their own ignorance, by vilifying the principles and practice of his predecessors, and by asserting. that he had discovered a more compendious and effective mode of treating diseases than had been before known to the world. As he was ignorant of anatomy and pathology, he decried the labours of those who sought...
Page 378 - Towards the end of the first or the beginning of the second century after Christ, these lands were incorporated in the Roman empire.

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