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978-0-460-00476-3 / 046000476X

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1867 edition. Excerpt: ...from Nicephorus, the Greek emperor, he was moved to undertake the conquest of Bulgaria, and a gift of fifteen hundred pounds of gold was laid at his feet to defray the expense, or reward the toils, of the expedition. Ati army of sixty thousand men was assembled and embarked, they sailed from the Borysthenes to the Danube, their landing was effected on the Moesian shore; and, after a sharp encounter, the swords of the Russians prevailed against the arrows of the Bulgarian horse. The vanquished king sank into the grave, his children were made captive, and his dominions, as far as mount Haemus, were subdued or ravaged by the northern invaders. But instead of relinquishing his prey, and performing his engagements, the Varangian prince was more disposed to advance than to retire; and, had his ambi-t This resemblance may be clearly seen in the ninth book of the Iliad (205--221,) in the minute detail of the cookery of Achilles. By such a picture, a modern epic poet would disgrace his work, and disgust his reader; but the Greek verses are harmonious; a dead language can seldom appear low or familiar; and at the distance of two thousand seven hundred years, we are amused with the primitive manners of antiquity. This singular epithet is derived from the Armenian language, and T£iju«tk)/f is interpreted in Greek by pov£aKt£rif or iuoipaKiSi/f. As I profess myself equally ignorant of tbae words, I may be indulged in the question in the play: " Pray, which of you is the interpreter?" From the context, they seem to signify AcLolescentvlui. (Leo Diacon. 1. 4. MS. apud Ducange, Glossar. Grsec. p. 1570.) In the Sclavonic tongue, the name A.D. 955-973. SWATOSLAUS. 287 (:on been crowned with success, the seat of empire in that early period might...

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