The Illustrated Companion to the Latin Dictionary and Greek Lexicon: Forming a Glossary of All the Words Representing Visible Objects Connected with the Arts, Manufactures, and Every-day Life of the Greeks and Romans, with Representations of Nearly Two Thousand Objects from the Antique

Longmans, 1849 - 754 páginas
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Página 149 - Dictionary/' has an excellent illustration of this passage: — "This Art was of very great antiquity, and much practiced by the Greeks and Romans, both on the stage and in the tribune, induced by their habit of addressing large assemblies in the open air, where it would have been impossible for the majority to comprehend what was said without the assistance of some conventional signs, which enabled the speaker to address himself to the eye, as well as the ear of the audience. These were chiefly...
Página 618 - Exchange, and many of the great mansions in continental towns. In the majority of cases, the shop had no communication with the rest of the house, the tenant merely occupying it for the purpose of his trade, and dwelling himself elsewhere ; but some few houses, of a respectable class, have been discovered at Pompeii, in which the shop has an entrance from its back, into the habitable parts of the mansion, and these are reasonably believed to have been in the occupancy of the persons who dwelt on...
Página 149 - ... impossible for the majority to comprehend what was said without the assistance of some conventional signs, which enabled the speaker to address himself to the eye, as well as the ear of the audience. These were chiefly made by certain positions of the hands and fingers, the meaning of which was universally recognised and familiar to all classes, and the practice itself reduced to a regular system, as it remains at the present time amongst the populace of Naples, who will carry on a long conversation...
Página 405 - CINGULUM, 4. 2. In accordance with the preceding definition of a scarf with ties at the extremity to fasten it, the same name was given by the writers, both of Greece and Italy, to a particular kind of covering for the head, worn by the natives of Persia, Arabia. Asia Minor, and by the women of Greece, arranged so as to envelope the whole of the head from the forehead to the nape of the neck, the sides of the face, and the chin, under which it passed ; whence the person who wears it is said to be...
Página 129 - A chain, formed by a series of iron links interlacing with each other. (Cic. Virg. Hor. Ov. &c.) The chains of the ancients were made exactly like our own, as shown by the illustration, which represents some of the links of an ancient chain now preserved as a sacred relic in the Church of S. Pietro in Vinculis at Rome, and which gave its title to the church ; for it is there said to be the identical one with which St. Peter was chained in the Tullianum, or Servian prison. See Cancellieri, Carcerc...
Página 422 - To spin, or twist a number of separate fibres of wool or flax into a single thread. The practice of spinning afforded universal occupation to the women of ancient Greece and Italy, as it does to the modern population of the same countries, in which every peasant woman spins her own thread, with the same simple machinery as was employed by the females of the heroic ages, the distaff (colus) and spindle (fusus).
Página 290 - A set of public privies, like the cabinets d'aisance of Paris, distributed in various parts of the city for the convenience of the population. A small fee charged for the accommodation, together with the profits arising from the sale of the contents, induced individuals to take such premises on lease, as a means of gaining a livelihood. Juv. iii. 38. Ruperti ad I.
Página 116 - See CARDO 4. CARDO. A pivot and socket, forming an apparatus by means of which the doors of the ancients were fixed in their places, and made to revolve in opening and shutting ; thus answering the same purpose as the hinges more commonly in use amongst us, though the contrivance was entirely different in its character. (See...
Página 339 - Flor. in 13.) It was formed by two spears stuck in the ground, with another fastened transversely over their tops, so as to present the same figure as the upright loom in the preceding woodcut. Festus sv Zonar. vii. 17. 7. The thwart, or cross-bench in a boat upon which the passenger sat. (Virg.
Página 732 - A GREEK-ENGLISH LEXICON. Compiled by HG LIDDELL, DD Dean of Christ Church, and R. SCOTT, DD Dean of Rochester.

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