The Life of Belisarius

9780217332873: The Life of Belisarius

This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1848. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... these welcome tidings, Procopius wished to confirm them to his patron by the same authentic testimony from which he himself had received them, and hurrying the domestic along to his bark which was moored near the fountain of Arethusa,* and scarcely taking time to explain to the astonished merchant the motive of this arbitrary seizure, he forthwith steered again towards Catania. No sooner had Belisarius been informed of the absence of Gelimer from Carthage, than he resolved to turn it to his purpose, and availed himself of an eastern breeze which wafted his fleet to Malta, and from thence to the African coast, three months after his departure from Constantinople. The ships drew near the shore at Caput Vada, whose name has been corrupted to Capoudia in modern times. It consists of a level and narrow strip of land jutting out very far into the sea, and was chosen in the latter years of Justinian for the foundation of a city, some remains of which are still to be discerned. f Its distance from Carthage does not exceed one hundred and fifty miles. Here a council of war was convened by Belisarius, to determine the ques * This classic fountain has retained its ancient name, and with the exception of the fishes, seemed to me, in 1825, still to correspond exactly with Cicero's description. In hac insula extrema est fons aquse dulcis, cui nomen Arethusa, incredibilimagnitudine,plenissimus piscium, qui fluctu totus operiretur nisi munitione ac mole lapidum mari disjunctus. (In Verr. iv. c. 53.) It is remarkable, that in the middle ages the ancient fable of the Alpheus survived at Syracuse, in the altered shape of a pious legend. It was asserted that the fountain had a submarine and miraculous communication with the river Jordan. See Marifiotti, (ap. Wilkinson's Magna Grsec...

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Lord Mahon (1805–1875), the parliamentary name of Philip Henry, Fifth Earl Stanhope, was a prominent British politician and historian. Through his efforts the National Portrait Gallery was founded. Among his many writings, Life of William Pitt remains a standard work.

Jon C. N. Coulston is Lecturer in Ancient History and Archaeology at University of St Andrews. His is editor of Ancient Rome: The Archaeology of the Eternal City

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