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He was the first of the Byzantine princes who had ever visited the unknown
regions of the West, yet in them alone he could seek consolation or relief; and
with less violation of his dignity he might appear in the sacred college, than at the
Such an intercourse must tend to refine the taste, and to elevate the genius, of the
moderns; and yet, from the first experiments, it might appear that the study of the
ancients had given fetters, rather than wings, to the human mind. However ...
Arms were the patrimony of the Scythians and Sarmatians; and these nations
might appear equal to the contest, could they point, against the common foe,
those swords that were so wantonly drawn in bloody and domestic quarrels. But
Age and empire appear to have relaxed this narrow bigotry; his aspiring genius
disdained to acknowledge a power above his own ; and in his looser hours he - -
presumed * For the character of Mahomet Is, it is dangerous to trust either the ...
A. D. 1377, and the Popes themselves, the great masters of Jan. ii. human
credulity, appear to have listened to these visionary c H A P. visionary females”.
Yet those celestial admont*** OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE. 365 1367–1370 Return
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