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Adonis is an allegory of the sun, which is six months north of the horizon, and six months south. Thammuz is the same as Adonis, and so is Osiris. He persists in building a new barn which the cattle do not need instead of the much-needed dwelling for his family. She went to his tent without the least resistance, but implored the captain to give her one night to mourn the death of those so near and dear to her.
To this he complied, but during sleep she murdered him with his own scymitar. Roderick, disguised as a monk, helped her to bury the dead bodies of her house, and then she vowed to live for only one object, vengeance. The Sepharvites burnt their children in the fire to Adramelech. Klopstock introduces him into The Messiah , and represents him as surpassing Satan in malice and guile, ambition and mischief.
He is made to hate every one, even Satan, of whose rank he is jealous, and whom he hoped to overthrow, that by putting an end to his servitude he might become the supreme god of all the created worlds. He then sends his slave Zaide 2 syl. At this moment Adraste appears, and demands that Zaide be given up to him to punish as he thinks proper.
Pedre intercedes; Adraste seems to relent; and Pedre calls for Zaide. In bed I will not let him sleep for speaking of it; at table I will not let him eat for speaking of it; when alone with him I talk of nothing else, and in company I give him frequent hints of it. Boastful but poor; a coiner of words, but very ignorant; solemnly grave, but ridiculously awkward; majestical in gait, but of very low propensities. Holofernes, the pedantic schoolmaster, in the same play, is also meant in ridicule of the same lexicographer. Died in Going to meet her lover at a trysting-place, she was caught up by a hideous monster, and thrust into his den for future food.
Belphoebe 3 syl. When the boys were shipwrecked, she was parted from them and taken to Ephesus. Here she entered a convent, and rose to be the abbess.
Without her knowing it, one of her twins also settled in Ephesus, and rose to be one of its greatest and richest citizens. He succeeded his father-in-law in the kingdom, and the Romans called him their founder. Latinus, in this dilemma, said the rivals must settle the dispute by an appeal to arms. Turnus being slain, AEneas married Lavinia, and ere long succeeded his father-in-law on the throne. Book I. The escape from Troy; AEneas and his son, driven by a tempest on the shores of Carthage, are hospitably entertained by queen Dido.
AEneas tells Dido the tale of the wooden horse, the burning of Troy, and his flight with his father, wife, and son. The wife was lost and died. The narrative continued.
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The perils he met with on the way, and the death of his father. Dido falls in love with AEneas; but he steals away from Carthage, and Dido, on a funeral pyre, puts an end to her life. AEneas reaches Sicily, and celebrates there the games in honor of Anchises. This book corresponds to the Iliad , xxiii. AEneas visits the infernal regions. This book corresponds to Odyssey , xi. Latinus king of Italy entertains AEneas, and promises to him Lavinia his daughter in marriage, but prince Turnus had been already betrothed to her by the mother, and raises an army to resist AEneas.
Turnus, during the absence of AEneas, fires the ships and assaults the camp. The story of Sinon and taking of Troy is borrowed from Pisander, as Macrobius informs us. Shakespeare, Merry Wives of Windsor , act ii. He was restored to youth by Medea, who infused into his veins the juice of certain herbs. The young son of Henry VI. Notus and Afer, black with thundrous clouds. Milton, Paradise Lost , x.
As Aladdin refused to hand it to the magician, he shut him in the cavern and left him there. Aladdin caused him to be poisoned in a draught of wine. Tale ],. The maid told Fingal to beware of her father, who had set an ambush to kill him. Fingal, being thus forewarned, slew the men in ambush; and Starno, in rage, murdered his daughter, who was buried by Fingal in Ardven [ Argyll ]. She had three sons at a birth, Primond, Diamond, and Triamond.
As he was walking one day with Vishnoo, the insolent ocean asked the god who the pigmy was that strutted by his side. Vishnoo replied it was the patriarch Agastya, who was going to restore earth to its true balance. He was the son of a potter, and raised himself from the ranks to become general of the army. He reduced all Sicily under his power. When he attacked the Carthaginians, he burnt his ships that his soldiers might feel assured they must either conquer or die.
Agathocles died of poison administered by his grandson B. Voltaire has a tragedy called Agathocle , and Caroline Pichler has an excellent German novel entitled Agathocles. Wieland This is considered the best of his novels, though some prefer his Don Sylvia de Rosalva. The story of Agdistis and Atys is apparently a myth of the generative powers of nature. Scott, Count Robert of Paris time, Rufus. Plutarch tells us that Agesilaus, king of Sparta, was one day discovered riding cock-horse on a long stick, to please and amuse his children.