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Polybius, Histories, book 5, Philip's Crime and Blunder (search)
, and retaliating upon the impious acts of the Aetolians by similar impieties, and "curing ill by ill"; and while he was always reproaching Scopas and Dorimachus with depravity and abandoned wickedness, on the grounds of their acts of impiety at Dodona and Dium, he imagined that, while emulating their crimes, he would leave quite a different impression of his character in the minds of those to whom he spoke. But the fact is, that whereas the taking and demolishing an enemy's forts, harbours, cid destroyed neither colonnades nor statutes, nor done injury to any of the sacred offerings. For my part I think it would have been one of the greatest goodness and humanity. For they would have had on their consciences their own acts at Dium and Dodona; and would have seen unmistakably that, whereas Philip was absolutely master of the situation, and could do what he chose, and would have been held fully justified as far as their deserts went in taking the severest measures, yet deliberately, fr
Polybius, Histories, book 9, Services of Macedonians To Greece (search)
s, by their victory over Ptolemy Ceraunus, than, thinking the rest of no account, Brennus promptly marched into the middle of Greece. And this would often have happened if the Macedonians had not been on our frontiers. "However, though I have much that I could say on the past, I think this is enough. Of all the actions of Philip, they have selected his destruction of the temple, to fasten the charge of impiety upon him. They did not add a word about their own outrage and crime, which they perpetrated in regard to the temples in Dium, and Dodona, and the sacred enclosures of the gods. The speaker should have mentioned this first. But anything you Aetolians have suffered you recount to these gentlemen with exaggeration: but the things you have inflicted unprovoked, though many times as numerous as the others, you pass over in silence; because you know full well that everybody lays the blame of acts of injustice and mischief on those who give the provocation by unjust actions themselves.
P. Ovidius Naso, Metamorphoses (ed. Brookes More), Book 13, line 705 (search)
ach the western harbors of the Ausonian land. Wintry seas then tossed the heroic band, and in a treacherous harbor of those isles, called Strophades, Aello frightened them. They passed Dulichium's port, and Ithaca, Samos, and all the homes of Neritos,— the kingdom of the shrewd deceitful man, Ulysses; and they reached Ambracia, contended for by those disputing gods; which is today renowned abroad, because of Actian Apollo, and the stone seen there conspicuous as a transformed judge; they saw Dodona, vocal with its oaks; and also, the well known Chaonian bays, where sons of the Molossian king escaped with wings attached, from unavailing flames. They set their sails then for the neighboring land of the Phaeacians, rich with luscious fruit: then for Epirus and to Buthrotos, and came then to a mimic town of Troy, ruled by the Phrygian seer. With prophecies which Helenus, the son of Priam, gave, they came to Sicily, whose three high capes jut outward in the sea. Of these three points Pachyn
P. Vergilius Maro, Aeneid (ed. John Dryden), Book 5, line 244 (search)
at on the Trojan shore: This was ordain'd for Mnestheus to possess; In war for his defense, for ornament in peace. Rich was the gift, and glorious to behold, But yet so pond'rous with its plates of gold, That scarce two servants could the weight sustain; Yet, loaded thus, Demoleus o'er the plain Pursued and lightly seiz'd the Trojan train. The third, succeeding to the last reward, Two goodly bowls of massy silver shar'd, With figures prominent, and richly wrought, And two brass caldrons from Dodona brought. Thus all, rewarded by the hero's hands, Their conqu'ring temples bound with purple bands; And now Sergesthus, clearing from the rock, Brought back his galley shatter'd with the shock. Forlorn she look'd, without an aiding oar, And, houted by the vulgar, made to shore. As when a snake, surpris'd upon the road, Is crush'd athwart her body by the load Of heavy wheels; or with a mortal wound Her belly bruis'd, and trodden to the ground: In vain, with loosen'd curls, she crawls along; Ye
P. Vergilius Maro, Aeneid (ed. Theodore C. Williams), Book 3, line 463 (search)
So spake the prophet with benignant voice. Then gifts he bade be brought of heavy gold and graven ivory, which to our ships he bade us bear; each bark was Ioaded full with messy silver and Dodona's pride of brazen cauldrons; a cuirass he gave of linked gold enwrought and triple chain; a noble helmet, too, with flaming crest and lofty cone, th' accoutrement erewhile of Neoptolemus. My father too had fit gifts from the King; whose bounty then gave steeds and riders; and new gear was sent to every sea-worn ship, while he supplied seafarers, kit to all my loyal crews.
P. Vergilius Maro, Eclogues (ed. J. B. Greenough), LYCIDAS MOERIS (search)
urns the whole world upside down, we are taking him—ill luck go with the same!— these kids you see. LYCIDAS But surely I had heard that where the hills first draw from off the plain, and the high ridge with gentle slope descends, down to the brook-side and the broken crests of yonder veteran beeches, all the land was by the songs of your Menalcas saved. MOERIS Heard it you had, and so the rumour ran, but 'mid the clash of arms, my Lycidas, our songs avail no more than, as 'tis said, doves of Dodona when an eagle comes. Nay, had I not, from hollow ilex-bole warned by a raven on the left, cut short the rising feud, nor I, your Moeris here, no, nor Menalcas, were alive to-day. LYCIDAS Alack! could any of so foul a crime be guilty? Ah! how nearly, thyself, reft was the solace that we had in thee, Menalcas! Who then of the Nymphs had sung, or who with flowering herbs bestrewn the ground, and o'er the fountains drawn a leafy veil?— who sung the stave I filched from you that day to Amaryllis <
P. Vergilius Maro, Georgics (ed. J. B. Greenough), Book 1, line 118 (search)
s. Soon one with hand-net scourges the broad stream, Probing its depths, one drags his dripping toils Along the main; then iron's unbending might, And shrieking saw-blade,—for the men of old With wedges wont to cleave the splintering log;— Then divers arts arose; toil conquered all, Remorseless toil, and poverty's shrewd push In times of hardship. Ceres was the first Set mortals on with tools to turn the sod, When now the awful groves 'gan fail to bear Acorns and arbutes, and her wonted food Dodona gave no more. Soon, too, the corn Gat sorrow's increase, that an evil blight Ate up the stalks, and thistle reared his spines An idler in the fields; the crops die down; Upsprings instead a shaggy growth of burrs And caltrops; and amid the corn-fields trim Unfruitful darnel and wild oats have sway. Wherefore, unless thou shalt with ceaseless rake The weeds pursue, with shouting scare the birds, Prune with thy hook the dark field's matted shade, Pray down the showers, all vainly thou shalt ey
Sextus Propertius, Elegies (ed. Vincent Katz), Book 1, Addressed to Ponticus (search)
Addressed to Ponticus See poem 7. CHAONIAdistrict on coast of North Epirus. Oracle of Zeus at Dodona, called Chaonian Zeus; priestesses called doves. AMPHIONby the music of his harp, made stones rise and form the walls of Thebes. MIMNERMOSelegiac poet from Kolophon, around 630 B.C. HELL'S WHEELIxion, king of the Lapiths, was given Dia in marriage for a certain sum, payable to her father. Ixion having got Dia, refuses to pay; father harrasses Ixion; Ixion kills father. Brought in judgement before Jupiter, Ixion pleads so well he has convinced Jupiter, when Jupiter notices him making love to Juno and binds him to a revolving wheel of fire in Tartaros. I told you how love would be, and you laughed. Now your words no longer come free. Look how you lie, a suppliant, when you come to her call. The girl once bought rules over you in every sphere. Chaonian doves can't beat me at love predictions: I know which youths each girl will dominate. Suffering and tears have earned me my expertis
M. Annaeus Lucanus, Pharsalia (ed. Sir Edward Ridley), book 3, line 169 (search)
isa mustered and Alpheus' youths,It was generally believed that the river Alpheus of the Peloponnesus passed under the sea and reappeared in the fountain of Arethusa at Syracuse. A goblet was said to have been thrown into the river in Greece, and to have reappeared in the Sicilian fountain. See the note in Grote's 'History of Greece,' Edition 1862, vol. ii., p. 8. Alpheus who in far Sicilian lands Beyond the billows seeks the day again: Arcadian Maenalus, and OEta loved By Hercules, and old Dodona's oaks Are left to silence; for the sacred train With all Epirus rushes to the war. Athens, deserted at the call to arms, Yet found three vessels in Apollo's port To prove her triumph o'er the Persian king. Next seek the battle Creta's hundred tribes Beloved of Jove and rivalling the east In skill to wing the arrow from the bow. The walls of Dardan Oricum, the woods Where Athamanians wander, and the banks Of swift Absyrtus foaming to the main Are left forsaken. Enchelaean tribes Whose king
M. Annaeus Lucanus, Pharsalia (ed. Sir Edward Ridley), book 3, line 399 (search)
es trembled, and the men, Awed by the sacred grove's dark majesty, Held back the blow they thought would be returned. This Caesar saw, and swift within his grasp Uprose a ponderous axe, which downward fell Cleaving a mighty oak that towered to heaven, While thus he spake: ' Henceforth let no man dread 'To fell this forest : all the crime is mine. 'This be your creed.' He spake, and all obeyed, For Caesar's ire weighed down the wrath of Heaven. Yet ceased they not to fear. Then first the oak, Dodona's ancient boast; the knotty holm; The cypress, witness of patrician grief, The buoyant alder, laid their foliage low Admitting day; though scarcely through the stems Their fall found passage. At the sight the Gauls Grieved; but the garrison within the walls Rejoiced: for thus shall men insult the gods And find no punishment? Yet fortune oft Protects the guilty; on the poor alone The gods can vent their ire. Enough hewn down, They seize the country wagons; and the hind, His oxen gone which e
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