Tales about Rome and Modern Italy

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Thomas Tegg and Son, ... Tegg and Company, Dublin; Griffin and Company, Glasgow; and J. and S.A. Tegg, Sydney, and Hobart Town., 1839 - 356 oldal

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122. oldal - Although thy breath be rude. Heigh, ho ! sing, heigh, ho ! unto the green holly : Most friendship is feigning, most loving mere folly Then, heigh, ho, the holly ! This life is most jolly. Freeze, freeze, thou bitter sky, That dost not bite so nigh As benefits forgot : Though thou the waters warp, Thy sting is not so sharp As friend remember'd not Heigh, ho ! sing, heigh, ho ! &c.
261. oldal - ... seven thousand. The standard of the legion was the imperial eagle. 3. This was made of gilt metal, was borne on a spear by an officer of rank, and was regarded by the soldiers with a reverence which approached to devotion. The cavalry carried pennons, on which the initials of the emperor or of the legion were embroidered in letters of gold. 4. The only instrument of martial music among the Romans was the brazen trumpet. Some of the soldiers were armed with light javelins, and others with a heavier...
279. oldal - The supper rooms of some of the emperors were hung with cloths of gold and silver, enriched with jewels. Tables were made for them of fine gold, and couches with frames of massive silver. The Romans always reclined on couches to take their meals. 11. At great entertainments the supper room was hung with flowers, and the guests were crowned with garlands. The floor was generally bare, though richly ornamented, and the ceiling was inlaid with a fretwork of gold and ivory. Scented oil was used for lighting...
230. oldal - KO1IANS. 1. I AM now going to give you an account of the manners and customs of the great people whose history you have just read. I shall tell you about their domestic habits, and about their public observances; about their state of society, agriculture, show, dresses, religion, marriage ceremonies, funeral rites, military institutions, and public edifices.
283. oldal - They were sometimes written on parchment, but more frequently on a paper made from the leaves of a plant called papyrus. The leaves were pasted together at the ends, and then made up into a roll, which was enclosed in a covering of skin, or silk, fastened with strings, or clasps.
232. oldal - ... the custom of making slaves of the subjects of conquered nations introduced a fourth division. 3. You have seen that the government of Rome was subject to very numerous changes. At one time it was under a king, at others under consuls, dictators, emperors, &c.
282. oldal - The fine arts were unknown in Rome till after the sixth century of her existence, when they were introduced by the successful captains of her armies, from the nations they had conquered. After a taste for the arts had been thus formed, large enclosed galleries were built around the mansions of the rich, and were adorned with the finest specimens of painting and sculpture.
256. oldal - A fountain here emptied itself into a marble basin, contrived with so much art as to be always full, without overflowing. Sometimes Pliny supped here with his friends, and then the basin served for a table, the larger vessels being placed about the margin, and the smaller ones swimming about in the form of little boats and water-fowl.
237. oldal - The parties were betrothed some time before the actual celebration of the marriage. This was attended with many ceremonies, at which the priests and augurs assisted. The contract of marriage was drawn up in the presence of witnesses, and confirmed by the breaking of a straw between the engaged pair.
263. oldal - They were dressed in a metal cuirass, with an undercovering of cloth, which was generally red, and hung loose to the knee. On the head they wore brazen helmets ornamented with flowing tufts of horse-hair. The uniform of the generals was an open scarlet mantle. 6. The cavalry wore a coat of mail, of brazen or steel scales, or of chain-work, sometimes plated with gold. Under this they wore a close garment which reached to their buskins. They rode without stirrups, and their saddles were merely cloths...

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