Caesar’s Commentaries in Latin (books 1 to 4) by Julius Caesar

Author: Julius Caesar
Language: Latin
LoC Category: PA

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Nammeius et Verucloetius principem locum obtinebant, qui dicerent sibi esse in animo sine ullo maleficio iter per provinciam facere, propterea quod aliud iter haberent nullum: rogare ut eius voluntate id sibi facere liceat. Caesar, quod memoria tenebat L. Cassium consulem occisum exercitumque eius ab Helvetiis pulsum et sub iugum missum, concedendum non putabat; neque homines inimico animo, data facultate per provinciam itineris faciundi, temperaturos ab iniuria et maleficio existimabat. Tamen, ut spatium intercedere posset dum milites quos imperaverat convenirent, legatis respondit diem se ad deliberandum sumpturum: si quid vellent, ad Id. April. reverterentur.

Interea ea legione quam secum habebat militibusque, qui ex provincia convenerant, a lacu Lemanno, qui in flumen Rhodanum influit, ad montem Iuram, qui fines Sequanorum ab Helvetiis dividit, milia passuum XVIIII murum in altitudinem pedum sedecim fossamque perducit. Eo opere perfecto praesidia disponit, castella communit, quo facilius, si se

The Bucolics and Ecloges by Virgil

Author: Virgil
Published: 37 BC
Language: Latin
LoC Category: PA

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Genre: Classic

sque Paris. Pallas, quas condidit arces, ipsa colat; nobis placeant ante omnia silvae. Torva leaena lupum sequitur; lupus ipse capellam; florentem cytisum sequitur lasciva capella; te Corydon, o Alexi: trahit sua quemque voluptas. Aspice, aratra iugo referunt suspensa iuvenci, et sol crescentis decedens duplicat umbras: me tamen urit amor; quis enim modus adsit amori? Ah, Corydon, Corydon, quae te dementia cepit! Semiputata tibi frondosa vitis in ulmo est; quin tu aliquid saltem potius, quorum indiget usus, viminibus mollique paras detexere iunco? Invenies alium, si te hic fastidit, Alexim.


M. DIC mihi, Damoeta, cuium pecus, an Meliboei? D. Non, verum Aegonis; nuper mihi tradidit Aegon. M. Infelix o semper, ovis, pecus, ipse Neaeram dum fovet, ac ne me sibi praeferat illa veretur, hic alienus ovis custos bis mulget in hora, et sucus pecori et lac subducitur agnis. D. Parcius ista viris tamen obicienda memento: novimus et qui te, transversa tuentibus hircis, et q

The Entire Project Gutenberg Collection of Oliver Wendell Holmes by Oliver Wendell Holmes

Author: Oliver Wendell Holmes
Language: English
Wordcount: 984,661 / 2741 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 66.3
LoC Category: PS

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Genres: Classic, Poetry, Fiction and Literature

ain of associations.

Sometimes, but rarely, one may be caught making the same speech twice over, and yet be held blameless. Thus, a certain lecturer, after performing in an inland city, where dwells a LITTERATRICE of note, was invited to meet her and others over the social teacup. She pleasantly referred to his many wanderings in his new
occupation. “Yes,” he replied, “I am like the Huma, the bird that never lights, being always in the cars, as he is always on the wing.” – Years elapsed. The lecturer visited the same place once more for the same purpose. Another social cup after the lecture, and a second meeting with the distinguished lady. “You are constantly going from place to place,” she said. – “Yes,” he answered, “I am like the Huma,” – and finished the sentence as before.

What horrors, when it flashed over him that he had made this fine speech, word for word, twice over! Yet it was not true, as the lady might perhaps have fairly inferred, that he had embellished his conversati

Ethics by Aristotle

The Ethics of Aristotle is one half of a single treatise of which his Politics is the other half. Both deal with one and the same subject. This subject is what Aristotle calls in one place the “philosophy of human affairs;” but more frequently Political or Social Science. In the two works taken together we have their author’s whole theory of human conduct or practical activity, that is, of all human activity which is not directed merely to knowledge or truth.

Author: Aristotle
Language: English
Wordcount: 112,908 / 317 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 53.3
LoC Category: BJ

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Genres: Non-fiction, Classic

ter constitute “character,” each of them as a “moral virtue” (literally “a goodness of character”), and upon them primarily depends the realisation of happiness. This is the case at least for the great majority of men, and for all men their possession is an indispensable basis of the best, i e, the most desirable life. They form the chief or central subject-matter of the Ethics.

Perhaps the truest way of conceiving Aristotle’s meaning here is to regard a moral virtue as a form of obedience to a maxim or rule of conduct accepted by the agent as valid for a class of recurrent situations in human life. Such obedience requires knowledge of the rule and acceptance of it as the rule of the agent’s own actions, but not necessarily knowledge of its ground or of its systematic connexion with other similarly known and similarly accepted rules (It may be remarked that the Greek word usually translated “reason,” means in almost all cases in the Ethics such a rule, and not the fa

The Iliad by Homer

Author: Homer
Published: 1864
Language: English
Wordcount: 145,116 / 448 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 75.4
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ks for thee seek out
Some other spoil? no common fund have we
Of hoarded treasures; what our arms have won
From captur’d towns, has been already shar’d,
Nor can we now resume th’ apportion’d spoil.
Restore the maid, obedient to the God!
And if Heav’n will that we the strong-built walls
Of Troy should raze, our warriors will to thee
A threefold, fourfold recompense assign.”

To whom the monarch Agamemnon thus:
“Think not, Achilles, valiant though thou art
In fight, and godlike, to defraud me thus;
Thou shalt not so persuade me, nor o’erreach.
Think’st thou to keep thy portion of the spoil,
While I with empty hands sit humbly down?
The bright-ey’d girl thou bidd’st me to restore;
If then the valiant Greeks for me seek out
Some other spoil, some compensation just,
‘Tis well: if not, I with my own right hand
Will from some other chief, from thee perchance,
Or Ajax, or Ulysses, wrest his prey;
And woe to him, on whomsoe’er I call

Stories from the Greek Tragedians by Rev. Alfred J. Church

Author: Rev. Alfred J. Church
Published: 1879
Language: English
Wordcount: 53,523 / 146 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 91.5
LoC Category: PA

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Added to site: 2005.02.12 9604
Genre: Classic

Alcestis to her burial.

But when they that bare the body had departed, there came in the old man that had the charge of the guest-chambers, and spake, saying, “I have seen many guests that have come from all the lands under the sun to this palace of Admetus, but never have I given entertainment to such evil guest as this. For first, knowing that my lord was in sore trouble and sorrow, he forebore not to enter these gates. And then he took his entertainment in most unseemly fashion; for if he lacked aught he would call loudly for it; and then, taking a great cup wreathed with leaves of ivy in his hands, he drank great draughts of red wine untempered with water. And when the fire of the wine had warmed him, he crowned his head with myrtle boughs, and sang in the vilest fashion. Then might one hear two melodies, this fellow’s songs, which he sang without thought for the troubles of my lord and the lamentation wherewith we servants lamented our mistress. But we suffered not this stranger to see our tears,

The Best of the World’s Classics, Restricted to prose by Various Authors

Edited by Henry Cabot Lodge.

Author: Various Authors
Published: 1909
Language: English
Wordcount: 71,775 / 210 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 63.8
LoC Category: PA

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Added to site: 2007.05.29 17128
Genre: Classic

. There is no need for me to speak about myself, and yet that is the privilege of old age, and conceded to my time of life.

Do you see how, in Homer, Nestor very often proclaims his own virtues? for he was now living in the third generation of men; nor had he occasion to fear lest, when stating the truth about himself, he should appear either too arrogant or too talkative; for, as Homer says, from his tongue speech flowed sweeter than honey; for which charm he stood in need of no strength of body; and yet the famous chief of Greece nowhere wishes to have ten men like Ajax, but like Nestor; and he does not doubt if that should happen, Troy would in a short time perish.

But I return to myself. I am in my eighty-fourth year. In truth I should like to be able to make the same boast that Cyrus did; but one thing I can say, that altho I have not, to be sure, that strength which I had either as a soldier in the Punic war or as questor in the same war, or as Consul in Spain, or, four years afterward, wh

The Best of the World’s Classics, Restricted to Prose. Volume I by Various Authors

Author: Various Authors
Language: English
Wordcount: 79,038 / 226 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 55.1
LoC Categories: PA, PN

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Added to site: 2007.03.27 16389

Genres: Classic, Fiction and Literature, Short Story Collection

and the formation of an English style which, like all true and great styles, is peculiar to the language and can not be reproduced in any other. This is not the place, nor would it be feasible within any reasonable limits to narrate the history of English prose. But in these selections it is possible to follow its gradual advance from the first rude and crude attempts through the splendid irregularities of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries to the establishment of a standard of style in the eighteenth and thence onward to the modifications and changes in that standard which extend to our own time.

The purpose of this collection is not didactic. If it were it would be a school-book and not an anthology in the Greek sense, where the first principle was to seek what was of literary value, artistic in expression, and noble in thought. Yet the mere bringing together of examples of prose from the writings of the great masters of style can not but teach a lesson never more needed than now.

I do not