Biographia Classica: The Lives and Characters of the Greek and Roman Classics, Volum 1

T. Becket and T. Evans, 1778

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Pàgina 219 - No author or man ever excelled all the world in more than one faculty, and as Homer has done this in invention, Virgil has in judgment. Not that we...
Pàgina 334 - Roman liberty, than with a temporizing poet, a well-mannered court slave, and a man who is often afraid of laughing in the right place ; who is ever decent, because he is naturally servile. After all, Horace had the disadvantage of the times in which he lived ; they were better for the man, but worse for the satirist.
Pàgina 333 - I can bear; he fully satisfies my expectation; he treats his subject home; his spleen is raised, and he raises mine. I have the pleasure of concernment in all he says; he drives his reader along with him, and when he is at the end of his way, I willingly stop with him. If he went another stage, it would be too far; it would make a journey of a progress, and turn delight into fatigue.
Pàgina 10 - ... the poetical fire was more raging in one, but clearer in the other, which makes the first more amazing, and the latter more agreeable. The ore was richer in one, but in the other more refined, and better allayed to make up excellent work. Upon the whole...
Pàgina 57 - Touches the' inevitable line, All the world's mortal to them then, And wine is aconite to men; Nay, in death's hand, the grape-stone proves As strong as thunder is in Jove's.
Pàgina 7 - Venus' girdle to engage the heart : His works indeed vast treasures do unfold, And whatsoe'er he touches turns to gold : All in his hands new beauty does acquire ; He always pleases, and can never tire.
Pàgina 316 - ... consequently without envy. He was highly respected and much sought after, and though he was bedridden, his chamber was always thronged with visitors, who came not merely out of regard to his rank. He spent his time in philosophical discussion, when not engaged in writing verses; these he sometimes recited, in order to try the sentiments of the public, but he discovered in them more industry than genius. Lately owing to declining years, he entirely quitted Rome, and lived altogether in Campania,...
Pàgina 219 - We ought to have a certain knowledge of the principal character and distinguishing excellence of each; it is in that we are to consider him, and in proportion to his degree in that we are to admire him. No author or man...
Pàgina 220 - His verfe is every where founding the very thing in your ears whofe fenfe it bears : yet the numbers are perpetually varied, to increafe the delight of the reader ; fo that the fame founds are never repeated twice together. On the contrary, Ovid and Claudian, though they write in...
Pàgina 39 - O'er my dim eyes a darkness hung ; My ears with hollow murmurs rung. In dewy damps my limbs were chill'd ; My blood with gentle horrors thrill'd ; My feeble pulse forgot to play ; I fainted, sunk, and died away.

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