Sources for Ancient History

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If a student needs to create an image of a contemporary society in all its facets, there's little of what he must understand that he can't understand, even supposing there should still be a lot that he can't comprehend. For the background of Greece and Rome, there's a good deal that's easily unknowable. From the tip of the archaic age of Greece, there's an unbroken series of works through Greek and, later, Roman historians all the way down to the tip of antiquity. yet their imaginative and prescient and diversity of curiosity have been usually restricted and masses of what they did produce has been misplaced. a few aid might be derived from the documentary fabric produced in antiquity, fabric which used to be the made of officers setting up public actions, or heads of households setting up their affairs, or participants leaving their mark at the international. past this, the facts of archaeology and numismatics can also be necessary. The 4 essays during this ebook got down to characterise the character of the traditional literary culture, the inscriptional fabric, the archaeological and numismatic proof and to provide an explanation for how and for what reasons they are used.

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Je suppose que vous savez déjà la façon de faire voir l'arcen-ciel par le moyen d'une fontaine. Comme, si l'eau qui sort par les petits trous ABC, sautant assez haut, s'épand en l'air de tous côtés vers R, et que le soleil soit vers Z, en sorte que, ZEM étant ligne droite, l'angle MER puisse être d'environ 42 degrés, l'œil E ne manquera pas de voir l'iris vers R, tout semblable à celui qui paraît dans le ciel. A quoi il faut maintenant ajouter qu'il y a des huiles, des eaux-de-vie, et d'autres liqueurs, dans lesquelles la réfraction se fait notablement plus grande ou plus petite qu'en l'eau commune, et qui ne sont pas pour cela moins claires et transparentes.

Comment on peut faire Paraître des signes dans le ciel qui semblent des prodiges.

En sorte qu'on pourrait disposer par ordre plusieurs fontaines, dans lesquelles y ayant diverses de ces liqueurs, on y verrait par leur moyen toute une grande partie du ciel pleine des couleurs de l'iris : à savoir en faisant que les liqueurs dont la réfraction serait la plus grande, fussent les plus proches des spectateurs, et qu'elles ne s'élevassent point si haut, qu'elles empêchassent la vue de celles qui seraient derrière. Puis, à cause que, fermant une partie des trous ABC, on peut faire disparaître telle partie de l'iris RR qu'on veut, sans ôter les autres, il est aisé à entendre que, tout de même, ouvrant et fermant à propos les trous de ces diverses fontaines, on pourra faire que ce qui paraîtra coloré ait la figure d'une croix, Ou d'une colonne, ou de quelque autre chose qui donne sujet d'admiration.

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