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.
256. oldal - A thousand different and fantastic shapes were given to the box that bordered the straight and winding alleys that crossed the grounds. At the end of one of these walks was an alcove of white marble, shaded with vines, and supported by four pillars. 10. 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...
244. oldal - ... the blaze, and the embers were quenched with wine. The ashes were collected and placed in a costly urn, which was deposited in the family sepulchre. In the funeral solemnities of a soldier, his arms, and the spoils he had won from the enemy, were sometimes added to the funeral pile. 11. It was a horrid belief of the heathen nations, that the spirits of the dead were pleased with blood. It was their custom to sacrifice on the tomb of the deceased those animals to which he was most attached during...
277. oldal - Romans were poor and simple, they lived chiefly on milk and vegetables, with a coarse kind of pudding made of flour and water. But as they began to grow powerful, and to conquer the neighbouring nations, they became acquainted with the luxuries of the people they subdued, and introduced them into their own state. 9.
250. oldal - Their hair was clipped every year, and woven into a kind 01 coarse stuff, and their milk was the chief supply of the dairy. 8. The Roman farmers were very superstitious. They refrained from all labour on the fifth day of the new moon ; on the seventh and tenth they planted vines, and harnessed young oxen to the yoke ; on the ninth they commenced a journey. 9. The skeleton of an ass's head was hung up at the boundary of the farm, to enrich the soil and drive away the effects of blight. The same figure...
243. oldal - ... coffin, or placed in a kind of deep chest called a sarcophagus. 8. On the termination of the rites, the sepulchre was strewed with flowers, and the mourners took a farewell of the remains of their friend. The attendants were then sprinkled with water by the priests, and all were dismissed. 9. When the custom of burning the body was introduced, a funeral pile was raised in the form of an altar, and the bier was placed upon it. The procession then moved slowly about to the sound of solemn music,...

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