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Sing, O goddess, the anger of Achilles son of Peleus, that brought countless ills upon the Achaeans.
Thucydides, an Athenian, wrote the war of the Peloponnesians and the Athenians as they warred against each other, beginning to write as soon as the war was on foot
Euelpides: 'Do you think I should walk straight for yon tree?'
All Gaul is divided into three parts, one of which the Belgae inhabit, the Aquitani another, those who in their own language are called Celts, in ours Gauls, the third.
Every state is as we see a sort of partnership, and every partnership is formed with a view to some good
How you, men of Athens, have been affected by my accusers, I do not know
When, O Catiline, do you mean to cease abusing our patience?
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Whether I am likely to accomplish anything worthy of the labour, if I record the achievements of the Roman people from the foundation of the city, I do not really know
Release from this weary task of mine has been my plea to the gods throughout this long year's watch
A copy below of the deeds of the divine Augustus, by which he subjected the whole wide earth to the rule of the Roman people
Whenever,men of Athens,we are discussing Philip's intrigues and his violations of the peace,I observe that all speeches on our side are manifestly inspired by justice & generosity
Arms and the man I sing, who first made way, predestined exile, from the Trojan shore to Italy, the blest Lavinian strand
Had the praise of History been passed over by former Chroniclers it would perhaps have been incumbent upon me to urge the choice and special study of records of this sort
I have often wondered by what arguments those who drew up the indictment against Socrates could persuade the Athenians that his life was forfeit to the state.
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My soul is wrought to sing of forms transformed to bodies new and strange!
Tell me, O Muse, of that many-sided hero who traveled far and wide after he had sacked the famous town of Troy.
Pines once sprung from Pelion's peak floated, it is said, through liquid billows of Neptune to the flowing Phasis and the Aeetaean territory
This is the display of the inquiry of Herodotus of Halicarnassus, so that things done by man not be forgotten in time
There is nothing so terrible to describe, or suffering, or heaven-sent affliction, that human nature may not have to bear the burden of it
Muses of Pieria who give glory through song, come hither, tell of Zeus your father and chant his praise
The majority of mortals, Paulinus, complain bitterly of the spitefulness of Nature, because we are born for a brief span of life
I went down yesterday to the Piraeus with Glaucon, the son of Ariston, to pay my devotions to the Goddess
Are our rhetoricians tormented by a new tribe of Furies when they cry: 'These scars I earned in the struggle for popular rights'
Ismene, my sister, true child of my own mother, do you know any evil out of all the evils bequeathed by Oedipus that Zeus will not fulfil for the two of us in our lifetime?
Julius Caesar, the divine, lost his father when he was in the sixteenth year of his age
If they were trysting for a Bacchanal, A feast of Pan or Colias or Genetyllis, The tambourines would block the rowdy streets, But now there's not a woman to be seen
My dear son Marcus,you have now been studying a full year under Cratippus,& that too in Athens,& you should be fully equipped with the practical precepts & principles of philosophy
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
I swear by Apollo the physician,& Asclepius,& Hygieia&Panacea&all the gods & goddesses as my witnesses,that,according to my ability & judgement,I will keep this Oath &this contract

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