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Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter. Nonnius, at the end of his Lib. The Summer holds in one hand a Sickle, and in the other Ears of Corn. The antient French Historians began the year at the Death of St. Martin, who dy'd in the year of Christ , or They began not in France to reckon the year from January till , by virtue of an Ordinance of Charles IX, King of France, for before they began the day next after Easter, about the twenty fifth of March.

They were kept in the Temple of Juno, and the Censors, at their entrance into their Office, provided Meat for them. He forc'd all Travellers to wrestle with him, and kill'd them. He made a Vow to build Neptune a Temple of the Sculls of those he kill'd. He attack'd Hercules, who taking him by the middle of his Body, choak'd him in the Air, it being impossible to kill him otherwise, for as often as he threw him upon the ground, that Giant recover'd new Strength. Justinian has honour'd those Doctors of Law who taught publickly with this Title; there were four of them in every College, and they made up the Council of State.

See Amor. Will you bear Witness? There was another Antigone, the Daughter of Laomedon, whom Juno changed into a Stork, because she equall'd her in Beauty. Nevertheless, Ovid. He caused several Medals to be stamp'd to perpetuate his Memory, and plac'd his Statues in the Colleges.

On the reverse of this Medal is represented a Sheep, with an Inscription quite worn out. He establish'd the Triumvirate of Octavius Caesar, Lampidius, and himself, which they all Three manag'd with much Cruelty. Caesar abandon'd Cicero to the Resentments of Anthony, who caus'd his Head to be cut off as he was carryed in his Litter, and set it up in the Rostrum where the Roman Orators us'd to plead.

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In the beginning of his Triumvirate he divorc'd his Wife Fulvia, to marry Octavia the Sister of Augustus; but he left her a little time after for Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt, with whom he was extremely enamour'd, which so enrag'd Augustus, that he rais'd an Army against him, and defeated him at that famous Sea-fight near Actium.

It was made a Colony in the Year Plautus, who sent thither Three Hundred Citizens, to every one of whom they gave a considerable parcel of Land. He also drew the Picture of Alexander in the Temple of Diana at Ephesus, under the Figure of a Jupiter, holding a Thunderbolt in his Hand, who seems to be issuing out of the Picture, as well as the Thunderbolt. Pliny says, he had Twenty. Talents of Gold for this rare piece. He has left us the Lines which he drew at Protogenes 's House, which are so very fine, that they seem to grow invisible; but this did not gain him so much Reputation and Esteem as his Venus proceeding from the Sea, although that Picture was never finish'd by reason of his Death.

When he readily took the Meat that was offer'd him, this was look'd upon as a good Omen; but on the contrary, if he refus'd to eat, this was look'd upon as a bad one. The Worship of Apis was, without doubt, more antient than the City of Alexandria, which was built by Alexander: but either this was a Mistake in the matter of Fact, which does no ways prejudice the rest of the History, or else under the name of Alexandria we must understand a little City which was formerly in the same place.

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Austin says of Apis, cap. At this time Apis, King of the Argives, having sail'd into Egypt, and dying there, became the famous Serapis, the greatest of all the Egyptian Gods. As to the Ox which Egypt kept so tenderly in honour of him, out of a strange superstitious Humour, because they worship'd it only while alive, and not when it was in the Coffin, they call'd it Apis and not Serapis.

Suidas says the same thing, viz. There is a very great Agreement between Joseph and this Symbol, for 'tis very well known, that Joseph interpreted Pharaoh 's Dream by the Power of Divine Wisdom, and that he took the seven fat Kine to be signs of the Fruitfulness of the Land.

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Now, Joseph was truly a Father to Egypt, and therefore Pharaoh caused him to be proclaimed every where with this Epithet Abrec, which signifies Pater Tanet, i. Smallage, an Aquatick Plant, that grows by the water-side; which, according to Philostratus and Hyginus, was occasioned by the Death of young Archemorus, whom his Nurse Hypsiphile left lying upon Smallage near a Fountain, where a Serpent kill'd him.

And Agrippa, in chap.

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Cicero, in lib. The Fable also relates of him, That Mercury, soon after he was born, stole the Flock of Admetus from him, by playing upon an Instrument made of Tortoise-shell; but when Apollo would have shot an Arrow at him, he found that he had also rob'd him of his Bow and Arrows, at which the God fell a laughing, as Horace tells us in these Verses,. But whatsoever was the place of his Birth, 'tis certain that the Antients believ'd Apollo to be the Inventer and God of Harmony, as he himself boasts to Daphne, who despised his Courtship, —Per me concordant carmina nervis.

Instituit sacros celebri certamine ludos, Pythla de domita serpentis nomine dictos. He was accounted the God of Musick, and of Poetry, and was always painted with his Harp when he was in their Company.

The Poets commonly invoke him when they begin their Poems, to the end he may inspire them, and enable them to sing the Praises of Gods and Men in suitable Strains. At Delos there was an Altar in his Temple, which pass'd for an extraordinary piece of Art, it was made of little pieces of Horn, so exactly join'd together, that they seem'd all to be but one entire piece.

It was call'd Ara Apollinis, and Ara Cornea. Martial mentions it in his Book of Shows, Nec Triviae templo molles laudentur honores. Dissimuletque deum cornibus ara frequens. On this Altar Sacrifices were offer'd to him, not such as were bloody, as Macrobius says, lib. This last Word discovers to us, that the Colophonians stamp'd this Medal, for their City was one of the most famous in all Ionia; and that which chiefly render'd it famous was the Temple of Clarian Apollo, which, next to that of Ephesus, was the most considerable in all Ionia: altho it was never finished, as we learn from Pausanias in his Achaica, yet it was very famous for the Oracles which Apollo gave there.

The most celebrated and the richest of all the Temples which Greece erected to this God, was that at Delphos: all the Nations of the Earth vy'd with one another in sending rich Presents thither, and People came from all parts to consult this God there. In the same place grew a Laurel-Tree, which was of the same Age with Augustus, and had been planted before the Palace of that Prince.

In the Frontispiece there appear'd a Chariot of the Sun of massie Gold, whose Figure was crown'd with Rays, which darted so much Fire, and so vigorous a Light, that they were taken for the true Rays of that Star. Within the Temple was plac'd the Statue of the God made of Marble, done by the hand of Scopas, an excellent Statuary; together with another Giant-like Statue made of Brass, being Fifty foot high. Apollo the Saviour. There is yet remaining an antient Figure of Jasper, on which the Tripod of Apollo is to be seen, and the Crow which was consecrated to him, having at his Feet a Harp on one side, and on the other a Branch of Laurel.

The Emperor Gallienus, after his Expedition in the East, caus'd him to be represented in the shape of a Centaur, holding in one Hand his Harp, and in the other a Globe, with this Device, Apollini comiti. Probus made him appear like a Charioteer, mounted upon a Chariot crown'd with Rays, who holds the Reins of his Four Horses, with these words, Soli invicto. The other Emperor, as Constantius, Aurelian, and Crispus, stamp'd an Image of him upon their Money, which shew'd the Figure of a clear Sun, crown'd with Rays, holding in the Right Hand a Globe, and in the Left a Whip, with this Device, Soli invicto comiti; which signifies, that they had vanquish'd and subdu'd many Provinces by the Assistance of Apollo, or the Sun.

In this Temple Apollo delivers his Oracles himself, whereas in other places it is done by his Priests. Apollo was esteem'd a God different from the Sun; for the latter was suppos'd to be the Son of Hyperion, one of the Titans, from whence he was call'd Hyperione natus, and Titania proles; whereas Apollo was the Son of Jupiter and Latona; nevertheless they are frequently confounded. Terror Deus; that the name of Mount Cynthus, where Latona was brought to bed, is deriv'd from Chanat, i. Lactantius proves that Apollo was no more than a mere Man; and that he was like other Men, not only in his Birth but in his Crimes, which tho the Fable did not invent, yet could not conceal.

Bochart remarks, with great probability, that the Fable of the Serpent Python kill'd by Apollo, took its original from Phoenicia, because the Name of Python or Pethon in the Hebrew Tongue signifies a Serpent, and from thence Apollo was call'd Pythian. Philostratus has given a large account of it; but it is rather a well-contriv'd Fable than a true History.

This we learn from Horace lib. Praesenti tibi maturos largimur honores, Jurandasque tuum per nomen ponimus aras. These are the words of Jupiter to the other Gods:.


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The Meaning of the Poet is, That Aeneas having made a Descent into Hell, out of Piety and Religion, in his Life-time, it was not just that he should descend thither again after his Death. The Apotheosis of Romulus is thus describ'd:.


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  4. These Deifications were to be authorized in Greece by the Oracle of some God, and at Rome by a Decree of the Senate, which declar'd an Emperour to be of the number of the Gods, and order'd Temples to be built, Sacrifices to be offer'd, and Divine Honours to be paid him. But the Athenians did not only adore Great Men after their Death, but they worship'd them, and sacrific'd to them even while they were alive. We salute thee, said they, Son of Venus and of the Almighty Neptune, and we conjure thee to give us Peace, for thou art the Lord, the other Gods are asleep in the time of our Necessity, and are deaf to our Prayers.

    Pythagoras, who was the first that assum'd the Name of a Philosopher, i.

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