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these lay mingled without order; but the divine spirit — simple, pure, passionless reason — set the unarranged matter into motion, and thereby created out of chaos an orderly world. This movement, proceed­ing from the centre, works on for ever, penetrating farther and farther the infinite mass. But the application of the spiritual principle was rather indicated than fully carried out by Anaxagoras; he himself commonly explains phenomena by physical causes, and only when he cannot find these, falls back on the action of divine reason.

Anaxandrldes. A Greek poet of the Middle Comedy, a Rhodian, flourished in 376 b.c. He is stated to have been the first who made love affairs the subject of comedy. His plays were characterized by brightness and humour, but only fragments of them are preserved.

Anaxlmander (Gr. -mandrds). A Greek philosopher of Miletus; born b.c. 611; a younger contemporary of Thales and Phere-cydes. He lived at the court of Polycrates of Samoa, and died b.c. 547. In his philo­sophy the primal essence, which he was the first to call principle, was the immortal-imperiahable. all-including infinite, a kind of chaos, out of which all things proceed, and into which they return. He composed, in the Ionic dialect, a brief and somewhat poetical treatise on his doctrine, which may be regarded as the earliest prose work on philosophy; but only a few sentences out of it are preserved. The advances he had made in physics and astronomy are evi­denced by his invention of the sun-dial, his construction of a celestial globe, and his first attempt at a geographical map.

Anaxlmgnes. (1) A Greek philosopher of Miletus, a younger contemporary and pupil of Anaximander, who died about 502 B.C. He supposed air to be the fundamental principle, out of which everything arose by rarefaction and condensation. This doctrine he expounded in a work, now lost, written in the Ionian dialect.

(2) A Greek sophist of Lampsacus, a favourite of Philip of MacSdon and Alex­ander the Great. He composed orations and historical works, some treating of the ac­tions of those two princes. Of these but little remains. On the other hand, he is the author of the Rhetoric dedicated to Alexander, the earliest extant work of this kind, which was once included among the works of Aristotle.

Anchlses. Son of Capys, of the royal house of Troy by both parents, ruler of

Dardanus on Mount Ida. Aphrodite loved him for his beauty, and bore him a son, ^Eneas. But having, in spite of her warn­ings, boasted of her favour, he is (according to various versions of the story) paralysed, killed; or struck blind by the lightning of Zeus. Vergil represents the disabled chief as borne out of burning Troy on his son's shoulders, and as sharing his wanderings over the sea, and aiding him with his counsel, till they reach Drepanum in Sicily, where he dies, and is buried on Mount Eryx.

Ancile. The small oval sacred shield, curved inwards on either side, which was said to have fallen from heaven in the reign of Numa. There being a prophecy that the stability of Rome was bound up with it, Numa had eleven others made exactly like it by a cunning workman, Mamurius Ve-turius, so that the right one should not be stolen. The care of these arms, which were sacred to Mars was entrusted to the



Above = Gt. ArKYAE,ancii«; below = AAKE,

Alcana, the owner's name. (Gem in Florence.}

Salii (?.«.), who had to carry them through the city once a year with peculiar cere­monies. At the conclusion of their songs Mamurius himself was invoked, and on March 14th they held a special feast, the Mamuralia, at which they sacrificed to him, beating on a hide with staves, prob­ably to imitate a smith's hammering. It is likely that the name Mamurius conceals that of the god Mars (or Mamers) himself.

Aucyranum Monumentum. The monu­ment of Ancyra (now Angora), a marble slab, of which the greater part is pre­served. It belonged to the temple of Augustus at Ancyra, and contained the Latin text of a Greek translation of the report drawn up by that emperor himself on the actions of his reign (Index Eerum a se Gestarum). By the terms of his will this report, engraved in bronze, was set

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