Titel: Engelsch leesboek voor eerstbeginnenden, benevens een woordenboekje
Auteur: Gedike, Friedrich
Uitgave: Deventer: J. de Lange, 1853
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Opmerking: Vert. van: Englisches Lesebuch für Anfänger, nebst Wörterbuch und Sprachlehre. - 1795
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Citeerinstructie: Bijzondere Collecties van de Universiteit van Amsterdam, UBM: Obr. 4089
Onderwerp: Taal- en letterkunde naar afzonderlijke talen: Engelse taalkunde
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147. Romeinsche Krijgstucht.
The two consuls, Manlius Torquatus and his
colleague, Decius Mus, were sent hy the senate
to invade the country of the Latins. — The La-
tins were not remiss in their preparations for a
defence; so that the two armies met 1) with
equal animosity, and a bloody and obstinate battle
ensued. In this battle, the strict discipline of the
Romans, and their amazing patriotism, were dis-
played in a manner that has excited rather the
wonder, than the admiration of posterity. As
the Latins and Romans were a neighbouring
people, and their habits, arms and language were
the same, the most exact discipline was necessary,
to prevent confusion in the engagement. Orders,
therefore, were issued by Manlius the consul,
that no soldier should leave his ranks upon what-
ever provocation ; and that he should be certainly
put to death, who should offer to do otherwise.
With these injunctions, both armies were drawn
into array, and ready to begin, when Metius,
the general of the enemies' cavalry, pushed for-
ward from his lines, and challenged any knight
in the Roman army to single combat. For some
time there was a general pause, no soldier offer-
ing to disobey his orders, till Titus Manlius, the
consul's son, burning with shame to see the
whole body of the Romans intimidated, boldly
singled out against Metius. The soldiers on both
sides, for a while suspended the general engage-
ment to bo spectators of this fierce encounter.
The two champions drove 2) their horses against
each other with great violence; Metius wounded
his adversary's horse in the neck; but Manlius,
with better fortune, killed that of Metius. The
Latin being thus fallen to the ground, for a
while attempted to support himself upon his
shield; but the Roman followed his blows with
so much force, that he laid 3) him dead as he