The Letters of Pliny the Consul: With Occasional Remarks, Volum 1

R. and J. Dodsley, 1757 - 692 pàgines

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Pàgina 338 - At length a glimmering light appeared, which we imagined to be rather the forerunner of an approaching burst of flames, as in truth it was, than the return of day. However, the fire fell at a distance from us : then again we were immersed in thick darkness, and a heavy shower of ashes rained upon us, which we were obliged every now and then to shake off, otherwise we should have been crushed and buried in the heap.
Pàgina 338 - Nothing then was to be heard but the shrieks of women, the screams of children, and the cries of men, some calling for their children, others for their parents, others for their husbands, and only distinguishing each other by their voices ; one lamenting his own fate, another that of his family ; some wishing to die from the very fear of dying; some lifting their hands to the gods ; but the greater part imagining that the last and eternal night was come, which was to destroy the gods and the world...
Pàgina 339 - ... calamities by terrible predictions. However my mother and I, notwithstanding the danger we had passed, and that which still threatened us, had no thoughts of leaving the place till we should receive some account from my uncle.
Pàgina 328 - But my uncle in order to soothe the apprehensions of his friend assured him it was only the burning of the villages, which the country people had abandoned to the flames; after this he retired to rest, and it is most certain he was so little discomposed as to fall into a deep sleep, for being pretty fat and breathing hard, those who attended without actually heard him snore.
Pàgina 329 - They went out, then, having pillows tied upon their heads with napkins ; and this was their whole defence against the storm of stones that fell around them.
Pàgina 330 - But as this has no connection with your history, so your inquiry went no farther than concerning my uncle's death ; with that, therefore, I will put an end to my letter : suffer me only to add, that I have faithfully related to you what I was either an eyewitness of myself or received immediately after the accident happened, and before there was time to vary the truth.
Pàgina 335 - Though it was now morning, the light was exceedingly faint and languid, the buildings all around us tottered, and though we stood upon open...
Pàgina 327 - Pomponianus was then at Stabiae, separated by a gulf which the sea, after several insensible windings, forms upon that shore. He had already sent his baggage on board ; for though he was not at that time in actual danger, yet being within the view of it, and indeed extremely near, if it should in the least increase, he was determined to put to sea as soon as the wind should change.
Pàgina 135 - In summer he always began his studies as soon as it was night ; in winter generally at one in the morning ; but never later than two, and often at midnight.
Pàgina 135 - But your surprise will rise still higher, when you hear, that, for some time, he engaged in the profession of an advocate; that he died in his...

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