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Caesar : unknown

'I have cast up my reading account, and brought it to the end of the year 1835. [?] During the last thirteen months I have read Aeschylus twice; Sophocles twice; Euripides once; Pindar twice; Callimachus; Apollonius Rhodius; Quintus Calaber; Theocritus twice; Herodotus; Thucydides; almost all Xenophon?s works; almost all Plato; Aristotle?s Politics, and a good deal of his Organon, besides dipping elsewhere in him; the whole of Plutarch?s Lives; about half of Lucian; two or three books of Athenaeus; Plautus twice; Terence twice; Lucretius twice; Catullus; Tibullus; Propertius; Lucan; Statius; Silius Italicus; Livy; Velleius Paterculus; Sallust; Caesar; and, lastly, Cicero. I have, indeed, still a little of Cicero left; but I shall finish him in a few days. I am now deep in Aristophanes and Lucian.'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Thomas Babington Macaulay      Print: Book


Caesar : Commentaries On The Gallic War

'In the spring of 1826, after getting through Valpy's Delectus, and a part of Stewart's "Cornelius Nepos, " and also a part of Justin, but somewhat clumsily, with the help of Ainsworth's Dictionary, I commenced Caesar, and sped on well, so that by the time I had reached the third book, "De Bello Gallico, " I found myself able to read page after page, with scarcely more than a glance, now and then, at the dictionary. I remember wll myfirst triumphant feeling of this kind. I sat on Ping

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Thomas Cooper      Print: Book


Julius Caesar : Commentaries

'Read, after a long interval, with much delight, the first two Books of Caesar's "Commentaries"....'

Century: 1700-1799     Reader/Listener/Group: Thomas Green      Print: Book


Caesar : unknown

Elizabeth Barrett to Mary Russell Mitford, late March 1839: 'Beloved Papa & Sette were obliged to go away two days ago [...] Sette's gossipings & secret- tellings were such delightful [italics]old newnesses[end italics]. I used to think in quite the old times when he read Caesar to me -- his eyes [...] holding communion with Punch [apparently a pet] out of the window, -- that I was unfortunate to have no more power in the way of enforcing discipline. It is better as it is -- It is better to be loved than feared'.

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Septimus Moulton-Barrett      Print: Book


Julius Caesar : De Bello Gallico

Elizabeth Barrett to Benjamin Robert Haydon, 7 April 1843: 'I have read Caesar's commentaries, to be sure, .. but I found them harder to read than his battles were to fight'.

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Elizabeth Barrett      Print: Book


St Basil of Caesarea : [unknown]

'I read much this morning in St Basil, which is to me excellent, interesting and beautiful. He advises a constant thanksgiving for the many blessings we enjoy; and that we should not grumble at the evils we are subject to; how much more cause I have for thankfulness than sorrow'

Century: 1700-1799     Reader/Listener/Group: Elizabeth Gurney      Print: Book


Julius Caesar : Opera omnia

MS notes in vols. I and II, including some copied from Lord Macaulay's copy of the text. Dates of reading include: "May 28 1917 Welcombe The most interesting military story I ever read, as told by the hero of it. If Pharsalia had gone the other way the Kaiser and the Czar would now be called "Pompey". An anonymous piece has the MS note: "This is far and away the worst Latin I have ever read of the great Ciceronian age of prose. The text is mortally corrupt; but besides that, the style is detestable. And yet I read it with interest." In this Sir George echoes Macaulay's comment on the same piece: "It is dreadfully corrupt."

Century: 1900-1945     Reader/Listener/Group: George Otto Trevelyan      Print: Book


Procopius of Caesarea  : Secret History

[List of books read to Sir Thomas Browne by Elizabeth Lyttelton]. Headed in commonplace book: 'The books which my daughter Elizabeth hath read unto me at nights till she read ym all out'. The books are: 'all Plutarch's Lives, folio; all the Turkish historie, folio ; all the three added of ye Turkish emperours by Rycaut, fol.; all Rycaut's books of ye Turks, fol; all Baker's Cronicle of England, fol; all ye history of China by Semedo, fol; all the history of Josephus, fol; all fox his book of Martyrs, fol; all the Travills of Olearius & Mandelilo, fol; all the Travells of Taverniere, fol; all the Travells of Petrus della valle, fol; all the Travells of Vincent Le Blanck, fol; all the Travells of Pinto, fol; all the Travells of Gage, fol; the Travells of Terre, octavo; all the Historie of the life of Monsieur d' Espernoon, fol; all the historie of naples, fol; all the historie of Venice, fol; all the historie of Queen Elizabeth by Camden, fol; all the history of Herodian, fol; all the history of Procopius, fol; all Sands his Travells, fol; all Olaus Magnus of the Northern Countrys, fol; all Camerarius his observations, fol; all Suetonius of the Twelve Caesars, fol; all appians warrs, fol; all Speed's Cronicle to the life of King James, fol; So some parts of Purchas his Relations; some hundreds of Sermons. Many other Books, Treatises, discourses of severall Kinds, which may amount unto halfe the quantety of halfe the books in folio, which are before set down.'

Century: 1600-1699 / 1700-1799     Reader/Listener/Group: Elizabeth Lyttelton      Print: Book


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