Voyages and Travels Ancient and Modern

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Charles W. Eliot
Cosimo, Inc., Jan 1, 2006 - Travel - 404 pages
Of public diversions they have but one sort, and in all their meetings the same is still exhibited. Young men, such as make it their pastime, fling themselves naked and dance amongst sharp swords and the deadly points of javelins. From habit they acquire their skill, and from their skill a graceful manner; yet from hence drawn no gain or hire: though this adventurous gaiety has its reward, namely, that of pleasing the spectators.-from "Germany," by TacitusThe preeminent American educator of the 19th century, CHARLES WILLIAM ELIOT (1834-1926) believed that a sound liberal education could be achieved not through textbooks but by exploring firsthand the great books and great ideas of Western civilization. (Eliot knew a good education when he saw one: during his time as president of Harvard University, from 1869 till 1909, he transformed the school from a regional college to the preeminent educational institution in the United States.)In this 1909 collection-part of his 50-volume Harvard Classics, his dream library at the foundation of enlightened scholarship-Eliot gathers essential writings of ethnography and exploration. In their own voices, hear: .Herodotus, "the father of story-tellers," on the gods of ancient Egypt.Tacitus, in the "front rank" of ancient historians, on the Teutonic tribes of the Roman era.Sir Francis Drake, "the greatest of the naval adventurers of England of the time of Elizabeth," relates his historic 16th-century journey around the Straits of Magellan.Sir Walter Raleigh, "courtier and statesman, soldier and sailor, scientist and man of letters," tells of his 1594 discovery of Guiana.and others.
 

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Contents

An Account op Egypt
5
Tacitus on Germany
95
Sir Francis Drake Revived
133
Sir Francis Drakes Famous Voyage Round the World
207
Drakes Great Armada
237
Sir Humphrey Gilberts Voyage to Newfoundland
269
The Discovery op Guiana
321
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