Plutarch's Lives, tr. by J. and W. Langhorne, Zväzok 1

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Strana 110 - As for learning,* they had just what was absolutely necessary. All the rest of their education was calculated to make them subject to command, to endure labour, to fight and conquer. They added, therefore, to their discipline, as they advanced in age, cutting their hair very close, making them go barefoot, and play, for the most part, quite naked. At twelve years of age, their under-garment was taken away, and but one upper one a-year allowed them.
Strana 102 - Determined, therefore, to root out the evils of insolence, envy'j avarice, and luxury, and those distempers of a state still more inveterate and fatal, I mean poverty and riches, he persuaded them to cancel all former divisions of land, and to make new ones, in such a manner that they might be perfectly equal in their possessions and way of living. Hence, if they were ambitious of distinction, they might seek it in virtue, as no other difference...
Strana 287 - The whole fleet was in readiness, and Pericles on board his own galley, when there happened an eclipse of the sun. The sudden darkness was looked upon as an unfavourable omen, and threw them into the greatest consternation. Pericles observing that the pilot was much astonished and perplexed, took his cloak, and having covered his eyes with it, asked...
Strana 539 - He farther acquaints us, that he wrote histories for him with his own hand, in large characters, that without stirring out of his father's house, he might gain a knowledge of the great actions of the ancient Romans and of the customs of his country. He was as careful not to utter an indecent word before his son, as he would have been in the presence of the vestal virgins ; nor did he ever bathe with him.
Strana xxvi - As to myself, I live in a little town; and I choose to live there, lest it should become still less.
Strana 266 - ... went not without their share of the public money, nor yet had they it to support them in idleness. By the constructing of great edifices, which required many arts and a long time to finish them, they had equal pretensions to be considered out of the treasury (though they stirred not out of the city,) with the mariners and soldiers, guards and garrisons.
Strana 137 - In the eighth year of Numa's reign a pestilence prevailed in Italy; Rome also felt its ravages. While the people were greatly dejected, we are told that a brazen buckler fell from heaven into the hands of Numa. Of this he gave a very wonderful account, received from Egeria and the Muses ; that the buckler was sent down for the preservation of the city, and should be kept with great care ; that eleven others should be made as like it as possible in...
Strana 107 - As for the virgins appearing naked, there was nothing disgraceful in it, because every thing was conducted with modesty, and without one indecent word or action. Nay, it caused a simplicity of manners and an emulation for the best habit of body; their ideas too were naturally enlarged, while they were not excluded from their share of bravery and honour.
Strana 117 - Upon the whole, he taught his citizens to think nothing more disagreeable than to live by (or for) themselves. Like bees, they acted with one impulse for the public good, and always assembled about their prince. They were possessed with a thirst of honour, an enthusiasm bordering upon insanity, and had not a wish but for their country.
Strana 267 - ... and iron-founders ; and every art had a number of the lower people ranged in proper subordination, to execute it like soldiers under the ' command of a general. Thus, by the exercise of these different trades, plenty was diffused among persons of every rank and condition.

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