The Letters of Pliny the Consul: With Occasional Remarks, Volume 1

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J. Ballantyne, 1807 - Lawyers
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Page 337 - Being got at a convenient distance from the houses, we stood still, in the midst of a most dangerous and dreadful scene. The chariots, which we had ordered to be drawn out, were so agitated backwards and forwards, though upon the most level ground, that we could not keep them steady, even by supporting them with large stones.
Page 337 - Though it was now morning, the light was exceedingly faint and languid, the buildings all around us tottered, and though we stood upon open...
Page 333 - He was at that time with the fleet under his command at Misenum. On the 23rd of August, about one in the afternoon, my mother desired him to observe a cloud which appeared of a very unusual size and shape. He had just returned from taking the benefit of the sun, and after bathing himself in cold water, and taking a slight repast, was retired to his study...
Page 339 - The ashes now began to fall upon us, though in no great quantity. I turned my head, and observed behind us a thick smoke, which came rolling after us like a torrent. I proposed, while we had yet any light, to turn out of the high road, lest she should be pressed to death in the dark by the crowd that followed us.
Page 333 - Hero verdant vines o'erspread Vesuvius' sides ; The generous grape here poured her purple tides. This Bacchus loved beyond his native scene ; Here dancing satyrs joyed to trip the green. Far more than Sparta this in Venus...
Page 266 - ... extensive prospect over the meadows up into the country, from whence you also have a view of the terrace and such parts of the house which project forward, together with the woods enclosing the adjacent hippodrome. Opposite almost to the centre of the portico stands a square edifice, which encompasses a small area, shaded by four plane-trees, in the midst of which a fountain rises, from whence the water, running over the edges of a marble basin, gently refreshes the surrounding plane-trees and...
Page 333 - ... villages, which the country people had abandoned to the flames; after this he retired to rest, and it is most certain he was so little discomposed as to fall into a deep sleep, for being pretty fat and breathing hard, those who attended without actually heard him snore.
Page 333 - But as this has no connexion with your history, so your inquiry went no farther than concerning my uncle's death ; with that, therefore, I will put an end to my letter : suffer me only to add, that I have faithfully related to you what I was either an eye-witness of myself, or received immediately after the accident happened, and before there was time to vary the truth. You will choose out of this narrative such circumstances as shall be most suitable to your purpose ; for there is a great difference...
Page 15 - Pliny ! Even he. However, I indulged at the same time my beloved inactivity, and whilst I sat at my nets, you would have found me, not with my spear, but my pen by my side.
Page 38 - He has a genteel and florid countenance, with a certain noble mien that speaks the man of distinction ; advantages, I think, by no means to be slighted, and which I consider as the proper tribute to virgin innocence. I am doubtful whether I should add that his father is very rich. When I contemplate the character of those who require a husband of my choosing, I know it is unnecessary to mention wealth ; but when I reflect upon the prevailing manners of the age, and even the laws of Rome, which rank...

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