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Página 562 - DICTIONARY OF SCIENCE, LITERATURE, AND ART; comprising the History, Description, and Scientific Principles of every Branch of Human Knowledge; with the Derivation and Definition of all the Terms in General Use.
Página 174 - GBEECE. 1 . FROM this time forward, the history of Greece is connected with that of other nations. The Greeks had no longer any power even in their own native country. But they were still respected on account of the poets, and historians, and sculptors, who appeared among them. 2. But, in course of time, the genius of the Greeks seemed to have deserted them, as well as their ancient valour.
Página 378 - ... 4. The Netherlands, or Holland and Belgium, were formerly one country. The whole territory is bounded on the north by the North Sea, east by Germany, south by France, and west by the British Channel and the North Sea. These territories belonged at one time to Rome, afterwards to Germany, and finally to Spain. 5. In 1581, the seven northern provinces revolted against Philip of Spain, and formed themselves into a republic, which was then called Holland. During the seventeenth century it was a very...
Página 100 - Europeans ; for the greater part of the inhabitants are negroes, of which there are many tribes. Some of these are intelligent, and live tolerably well, but the greater part are either in a savage or a barbarous state. 4. The climate being warm, they need little shelter or clothing. Their houses are therefore poor huts, or slight tenements made of leaves or branches of trees.
Página 248 - The horses were yoked to the carriage by means of a curved cross-bar, passing over their necks, and were directed by bridles and reins, which were sometimes of embroidered silk, with gold bits. 7. Besides mules and horses, many other animals were occasionally used in carriages, such as dogs, goats, and deer, and even bears, leopards, lions, and tigers. But this, of course, was merely for a whimsical amusement, and not for real service. 8. When the Romans were...
Página 309 - French monarchy, about four hundred and eighty-six years after Christ. It continued in full force in the time of Charlemagne, and for some centuries after it formed the basis of all the political systems of Europe. 5. Now I must tell you that, among the rough kings and barons of the feudal times, it often happened that private acts of violence and injustice took place. Sometimes a powerful baron would come suddenly upon a weaker one, seize his castle, and either murder him or shut him up in a dungeon....
Página 194 - Papyrius and the other senators, and set fire to the city; and almost the whole of it was reduced to ashes. You must bear in mind that at this time Rome had become an immense city. It contained many magnificent edifices ; the most splendid of these was called the capitol ; this was not taken by the Gauls. 6. All the bravest of the Romans assembled there, and resolved to defend it to the last. Yet the enemy had nearly got possession of it in the night. But as they were creeping toward the gate, they...
Página 322 - He was therefore succeeded by his great-grandson, a child five years old, who now became Louis the Fifteenth. 10. Until the little king should become of age to take the sceptre into his own hands, the duke of Orleans was declared regent of France. He was a profligate man. Instead of teaching the young king how to make his subjects prosperous and happy, he set him an example of all sorts of wickedness. 11. And Louis the Fifteenth turned out just such a king as might have been expected. In his whole...
Página 452 - World, as it is now known, was Christopher Columbus. He may therefore fairly be called the discoverer of America. 2. This illustrious person was born at Genoa, in Italy, in 1442. As he grew up, he paid great attention to the study of geography. The idea entered his mind that there must be vast tracts of undiscovered country somewhere on the face of tLe wide oceau.