Outlines of universal history
B.A. Ph.D. Henry White
The original title of the book: Outlines of universal history By: B.A. Ph.D. Henry WhitePage 178
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Excerpt from book: built the cities of Antioch and Seleucia: and his successors, the Seleucidse, reigned over an affluent territory. It was, in some respects, refined by Greek taste and learning: but this seemed only to add the stain of deep vices to oriental indolence and luxury. Antiochus III., surnamed the Great, was the most remarkable king of this race. He fought against the rising power of Rome, but in vain : and in the year 188 before Christ he was compelled to make a treaty which dismembered his kingdom, and extended the influence of the Latin name over the eastern empire of Syria. CHAPTER III. Greece. Section I. Early And Fabulous History. Geographical Character, and its Influence on the PeopleThe Islands and ColoniesThe early InhabitantsThe PelasgiThe MythologyThe old Gods and the newThe HeroesIdeal History and GeographyReligionPriestsOraclesThe mythical HistoryThe Argonautic ExpeditionThe Siege of TroyThe Homeric PoemsThe Migrations. The Greeks properly so called were only a small tribe, but they gave their general name to a cluster of people inhabiting several territories. Though Macedonia became so intimately allied with Greek history, it formed no part of the country of Greece in its most illustrious days, being separated from it by an extensive chain of mountains. Lying between the thirty-sixth and fortieth degrees of north latitude, Greece possesses, except on the snowy tops of the mountains, a genial and delightful climate. It forms a peninsula, jutting into the Mediterranean Sea, but of extremely rugged and irregular outline. This feature indicates a great variety of surface, since it is created by mountainous and rocky headlands and deep indentations. Thus the mountain-range of the Pindus is always cappedwith snow. Some districts are high-lying corn cou...