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P. Ovidius Naso, Metamorphoses (ed. Brookes More), Book 13, line 399 (search)
le, and for the land of Thoas, famed afar, those regions infamous in olden days, where women slew their husbands. So he went that he might capture and bring back with him the arrows of brave Hercules. When these were given back to the Greeks, their lord with them, a final hand at last prevailed to end that long fought war. Both Troy and Priam fell, and Priam's wretched wife lost all she had, until at last she lost her human form. Her savage barkings frightened foreign lands, where the long Hellespont is narrowed down. Great Troy was burning: while the fire still raged, Jove's altar drank old Priam's scanty blood. The priestess of Apollo then, alas! Was dragged by her long hair, while up towards heaven she lifted supplicating hands in vain. The Trojan matrons, clinging while they could to burning temples and ancestral gods, victorious Greeks drag off as welcome spoil. Astyanax was hurled down from the very tower from which he often had looked forth and seen his father, by his mother poi
P. Vergilius Maro, Georgics (ed. J. B. Greenough), Book 4, line 103 (search)
But when the swarms fly aimlessly abroad, Disport themselves in heaven and spurn their cells, Leaving the hive unwarmed, from such vain play Must you refrain their volatile desires, Nor hard the task: tear off the monarchs' wings; While these prove loiterers, none beside will dare Mount heaven, or pluck the standards from the camp. Let gardens with the breath of saffron flowers Allure them, and the lord of Hellespont, Priapus, wielder of the willow-scythe, Safe in his keeping hold from birds and thieves. And let the man to whom such cares are dear Himself bring thyme and pine-trees from the heights, And strew them in broad belts about their home; No hand but his the blistering task should ply, Plant the young slips, or shed the genial showers.
Sextus Propertius, Elegies (ed. Vincent Katz), Book 1, Addressed to Gallus (search)
stroll on the Gigantean coast's shore, on the wandering welcome of the stream, wherever, always be on the lookout for ravenous Nymphs' attacks on him (love isn't weaker for Italian Hadryades). Don't insist on trekking to hard mounts and frigid rock, Gallus, or to unexplored lakes: Hercules wept by the untameable Ascanius when he came wandering to foreign shores. They say the Argo set off from the port at Pagasa to make the long journey to Colchis; already the gliding raft has crossed the Hellespont's waves and has come ashore on Mysian rocks. Here, the band of heroes, standing on the calm shore, covers a coast decorated in lush foliage. But the unconquered youth's companion has gone beyond, to seek fresh water from a hidden spring. Two brothers follow him, Aquilonian seed, Zetes is above him and above him Calais, standing with hands poised to snatch kisses, to smother him with kisses, one at a time. He hangs beneath a high wing, hidden, and shoos away the rapid pranksters with his s
P. Ovidius Naso, Metamorphoses (ed. Arthur Golding), Book 11, line 194 (search)
Apollo after this revenge from Tmolus tooke his flyght: And sweeping through the ayre, did on the selfsame syde alvght Of Hellespontus, in the Realme of king Laomedon. There stoode uppon the right syde of Sigaeum, and uppon The left of Rhetye cliffe that tyme, an Altar buylt of old To Jove that heereth all mennes woordes. Heere Phebus did behold The foresayd king Laomedon beginning for to lay Foundation of the walles of Troy: which woork from day to day Went hard and slowly forward, and requyrd no little charge, Then he togither with the God that rules the surges large, Did put themselves in shape of men, and bargaynd with the king Of Phrygia for a summe of gold his woork to end to bring. Now when the woork was done, the king theyr wages them denayd, And falsly faaste them downe with othes it was not as they sayd. Thou shalt not mock us unrevendgd (quoth Neptune). And anon He caused all the surges of the sea to rush uppon The shore of covetous Troy, and made the countrye l
P. Ovidius Naso, Metamorphoses (ed. Arthur Golding), Book 13, line 399 (search)
g all the men therin by women over bold. At length attayning land and lucke according to his mynd, To carry Hercles arrowes backe he set his sayles to wynd. Which when he with the lord of them among the Greekes had brought, And of the cruell warre at length the utmost feate had wrought, At once both Troy and Priam fell. And Priams wretched wife Lost (after all) her womans shape, and barked all her lyfe In forreine countrye. In the place that bringeth to a streight The long spred sea of Hellespont, did Ilion burne in height. The kindled fyre with blazing flame continewed unalayd, And Priam with his aged blood Joves Altar had berayd. And Phebus preestesse casting up her handes to heaven on hye, Was dragd and haled by the heare. The Grayes most spyghtfully (As eche of them had prisoners tane in meede of victorye) Did drawe the Trojane wyves away, who lingring whyle they mought Among the burning temples of theyr Goddes, did hang about Theyr sacred shrynes and images. Astyanax downe
C. Suetonius Tranquillus, Divus Julius (ed. Alexander Thomson), chapter 63 (search)
The following instances of his resolution are equally, and even more remarkable. After the battle of Pharsalia, having sent his troops before him into Asia, as he was passing the straits of the Hellespont in a ferryboat, he met with Lucius Cassius, one of the opposite party, with ten ships of war; and so far from endeavouring to escape, he went alongside his ship, and calling upon him to surrender, Cassius humbly gave him his submission.
C. Suetonius Tranquillus, Caligula (ed. Alexander Thomson), chapter 19 (search)
dopted this useful vehicle instead of their more cumbrous RHEDA, not only for journies where dispatch was required, but in solemn processions, and for ordinary purposes. They seem to have become the fashion, for Ovid tells us that these little carriages were driven by young ladies, themselves holding the reins, Amor. xi. 16. 49. Most people, I know, are of opinion, that this bridge was designed by Caius, in imitation of Xerxes, who, to the astonishment of the world, laid a bridge over the Hellespont, which is somewhat narrower than the distance betwixt Baiae and Puteoli. Others, however, thought that he did it to strike terror in Germany and Britain, which he was upon the point of invading, by the fame of some prodigious work. But for myself, when I was a boy, I heard my grandfather say, Suetonius flourished about seventy years after this, in the reign of Adrian, and derived many of the anecdotes which give interest to his history from cotemporary persons. See CLAUDIUS, c. xv. c. tha
M. Annaeus Lucanus, Pharsalia (ed. Sir Edward Ridley), book 4, line 1 (search)
re the rising sun; And all the land,Meaning Spain, lying further to the west than Italy. there nearer to the sky That whelms the stars, was hard and arid grown By suns of winter. But when Titan neared The Ram, who, backward gazing on the stars, Bore perished Helle,Phrixus and Helle, the children of Nephele, were to be sacrificed to Zeus; but Nephele rescued them, and they rode away through the air on the Ram with the golden fleece. But Helle fell into the sea, which from her was named the Hellespont. (See Book IX., 1125.) The sun enters Aries about March 20. The Ram is pictured among the constellations with his head averse. and the hours were held In balance, and the days again prevailed, The earliest faded moon which in the vault Hung with uncertain horn, from eastern wind Received a fiery radiance; whose blast Forced Boreas back: and breaking on the mists Within his regions, to the Occident Drave all that shroud Arabia and the land Of Ganges; all that or by CaurusSee Book I., 464
Richard Hakluyt, The Principal Navigations, Voyages, Traffiques, and Discoveries of the English Nation, A description of a Voiage to Constantinople and Syria , begun the 21. of March 1593. and ended the 9. of August, 1595. wherein is shewed the order of delivering the second Present by Master Edward Barton her majesties Ambassador, which was sent from her Majestie to Sultan Murad Can, Emperour of Turkie. (search)
the winde prosperous, we sailed by Nicaria , Pharos, Delos , and Andros , with sight of many other Ilands in the Archipelago, and arrived at the two castles in Hellespont the 24 of August. Within few dayes after we came to Galipoli some thirty miles from this place, where foure of us tooke a Parma or boat of that place, withontis, having Salimbria with Heraclia most pleasantly situated on the right hand, and Proconesus now called Marmora on the left, we came to Gallipoly, and so by Hellespont , betweene the two castles before named called Sestos and Abydos , famous for the passages made there both by Xerxes and great Alexander, the one into Thracia , the other into Asia, and so by the Sigean Promontory, now called Cape Janitzary, at the mouth of Hellespont upon Asia side, where Troy stood, where are yet ruines of olde walles to be seene, with two hils rising in a piramidall forme, not unlikely to be the tombs of Achilles and Ajax. From thence we sailed along, having Tenedos
Thomas R. Martin, An Overview of Classical Greek History from Mycenae to Alexander, Clash Between Greeks and Persians (search)
es from all over the far-flung Persian kingdom that he died before it could be launched. His son, Xerxes I Hdt. 7.2-4 (*486-465) led the massive invasion force Hdt. 7.5-6 of infantry and ships against the Greek mainland. So huge was Xerxes' army Hdt. 7.60-99 , the Greeks later claimed, it required seven days and seven nights of continuous marching to cross the Hellespont Hdt. 7.56 strait between Anatolia and the Greek mainland on a temporary bridge lashed together from boats and pontoons. Xerxes expected the Greek states simply to surrender without a fight once they realized the size of his forces. Many of them didHdt. 7.6, Hdt. 7.130, Hdt. 7.132, Hdt. 7.150-152, Hdt. 8.3-4, Hdt. 9.12, especially the ones in northern Greece along the route of
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