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Aeschines, On the Embassy, section 132 (search)
the third cause of their ruin was mutiny, such as usually attends armies which are poorly supplied with funds. The fourth cause was Phalaecus' inability to foresee the future. For it was plain that the Thessalians and Philip were going to take the field; and shortly before the peace with you was concluded, ambassadors came to you from the Phocians, urging you to help them, and offering to hand over to you Alponus, Thronion, and Nicaea, the posts which controlled the roads to Thermopylae.
Aeschines, On the Embassy, section 138 (search)
Was it I, therefore, who prevented the people from imitating our forefathers, or was it you, Demosthenes, and those who were in conspiracy with you against the common good? And was it a safer and more honourable course for the Athenians to take the field at a time when the Phocians were at the height of their madness and at war with Philip, with Alponus and Nicaea in their possession—for Phalaecus had not yet surrendered these posts to the Macedonians—and when those whom we were proposing to aid would not accept the truce for the Mysteries, and when we were leaving the Thebans in our rear: or after Philip had invited us, when we had already received his oaths and had an alliance with him, and when the Thessalians and the other Amphictyons were taking part in the expedit
Aeschines, Against Ctesiphon, section 140 (search)
But, I think, when Philip had taken NicaeaNicea was an important strategic post at the eastern end of the Pass of Thermopylae. from them and given it to the Thessalians, and when he was now bringing back again upon Thebes herself through Phocis the same war that he had formerly driven from the borders of Boeotia,Aeschines represents the Amphissian war as virtually a resumption of the Phocian war; both were wars in behalf of the Delphic shrine, but the relation of Thebes to the two was very different. and when finally he had seized Elateia and fortified and garrisoned it,After passing through Thermopylae, Philip seized Elateia in northern Phocis and made it his base for the winter. It commanded the main road towards Thebes and Athens. For the Athenian feeling of the significance of its seizure, see the famous passage in the speech of Demosthenes, On the Crown, Dem. 19.168 ff. then, and not till then, it was, when the peril was laying hold on them, that they sent for the Athenian
Demosthenes, Philippic 2, section 22 (search)
And what of the Thessalians? Do you imagine,” I said, “that when he was expelling their despots, or again when he was presenting them with Nicaea and Magnesia, they ever dreamed that a Council of TenAccording to Dem. 9.26 Philip set up >tetrarchies in Thessaly. The two accounts may be reconciled by assuming that he retained the old fourfold division of the country, but set up an oligarchy of ten in each division. Philip, whose policy was to divide and conquer, would be unlikely to centralize the government. It is just possible that dekadarxi/an may be a mistaken amplification of *d'arxi/an=tetrarxi/an, but in that case the singular would be strange. Owing to the decarchies which Lysander imposed on so many free cities at the end of the Peloponnesian war, the num
Demosthenes, Reply to Philip, section 4 (search)
The Thessalians recognize that he is determined to be their despot and not the president of a confederacy. The Thebans suspect him, because he keeps a garrison at Nicaea and has stolen into the Amphictyonic Council, and because he attracts to his court the embassies of the Peloponnesian powers and secures their allies for himself. Thus of his old friends some are even now his irreconcilable foes, others are no longer his hearty supporters, while all regard him with suspicion and dislike.
Polybius, Histories, book 10, Reinforcements Sent to Various Cities (search)
ping anchor at Peparethos, had occupied the island. He therefore despatched a body of men to the islanders to garrison their city; and at the same time despatched Polyphontes with an adequate force into Phocis and Boeotia; and Menippus, with a thousand peltasts and five hundred Agrianes to Chalcis and the rest of Euboea; while he himself advanced to Scotusa, and sent word at the same time to the Macedonians to meet him at that town. But when he learnt that Attalus had sailed into the port of Nicaea, and that the leaders of the Aetolians were collecting at Heraclea, with the purpose of holding a conference together on the immediate steps to be taken, he started with his army from Scotusa, eager to hurry thither and break up their meeting. He arrived too late to interrupt the conference: but he destroyed or carried off the corn belonging to the people along the Aenianian gulf, and then returned. After this he left his army in Scotusa once more; and, with the light-armed troops and the ro
E. T. Merrill, Commentary on Catullus (ed. E. T. Merrill), Journey to Bithynia. (search)
It almost seems from his account as if it were built to his order, and that he embarked in it at Amastris rather than at the seaport of Nicaea. And all this, indeed, may be true, in spite of the fact that c. 46 apparently speaks of Nicaea as the point of his immediate Nicaea as the point of his immediate departure home-ward; for various reasons might be suggested to account for a journey to the eastern part of the province after bidding Nicaea a final farewell. 36. In c. 46.6 the poet speaks of a plan of visiting claras Asiae urbes on his return voyage. He seemNicaea a final farewell. 36. In c. 46.6 the poet speaks of a plan of visiting claras Asiae urbes on his return voyage. He seems also to feel some joy at the prospect; but this is the only passage in his writings that shows any susceptibility to the charm of historic associations connected with the ancient Greek cities. The course of the homeward voyage is but vaguely sketched in c. 4, and the only ci
E. T. Merrill, Commentary on Catullus (ed. E. T. Merrill), Poem 4 (search)
s combines Amastris and Cytorus in a single idea, perhaps thinking of the city as built on the mountain; cf. v.18 n. stetisse: i.e. when a tree; imbuisse: i.e. when a ship. The course of the ship is now traced again, but in the original direction, from Cytorus to Sirmio. inde: perhaps a case of poetic freedom with fact, for Catullus was more likely to start on his homeward journey from Nicaea (cf. Catul. 46.5), and not from the extreme eastern boundary of the province; but cf. Intr. 35. impotentia: lacking self-control, raging; cf. Catul. 35.12; Ter. Andr. 879 adeo impotenti esse animo ; Hor. Carm. 3.30.3 Aquilo impotens. On the lengthening of the final syllable, see Intr. 86g. erum: Catullus himself. laeva sive dextera:
E. T. Merrill, Commentary on Catullus (ed. E. T. Merrill), Poem 46 (search)
were accompanied by storms; cf. Plin. NH 18.221. Zephyri: the spring-wind of the Romans; cf. Hor. Carm. 1.4.1 solvitur acris hiems grata vice veris et Favoni ; Verg. G. 2.330 (vere) zephyri tepentibus auris laxant arva sinus. Phrygii campi: cf. Catul. 31.5 Bithynos campos . Nicaeae: Strabo (12.564) says of Nicaea, the capital of Bithynia, Strabo XII. 564 perikei=tai de\ ku/klw| pedi/on me/ga (cf. Phrigii campi) kai\ sfo/dra eu)/daimon, (cf.ager uber) ou) pa/nu de\ u(gieino\n tou= qe/rous (cf. aestuosae). Homer mentions the fertility of the region in Hom. Il. 13.793 e)c *)askani/hs e)ribw/lakos . aestuosae: cf. Catul. 7.5n. The unhealthy character of the regio
M. Tullius Cicero, For Plancius (ed. C. D. Yonge), chapter 34 (search)
was going to say, at Vacca,Vacca was a town in Spain which had a reputation for a very bad style of oratory, as also had Cordoba.) “twice at Nicaea, in Bithynia” If the place gives a person any handle for finding fault with one, I know not why you should think Nicaea stricter than Rhodes if we are to examine into the cause, then you were Nicaea stricter than Rhodes if we are to examine into the cause, then you were in Bithynia with the greatest credit, and I was at Rhodes with no less. For as to the point on which you found fault with me, namely, that I had defended too many people, I wish that you who are able to do it and others too, who shirk it, were willing to relieve me of this labour. But the effect of your diligence, who weigh causes so carefully that you reject