Areopagitica to Ariconium
Areopagitica, a prose work by Milton in favour of lib erty of the press, published in 1644. It is powerfully written, but very temperate. The title was taken from the Areopagos, or Mars Hill, of Athens, a famous court of justice and equity.
Areouski, the Indian war-god; also war, tumult.
Campbell: Gertrude of Wyoming, i. 16 (1809).
Arethusa, daughter of king Messina, in the drama of Philaster or Love lies a-bleeding, by John Fletcher (printed 1633). One of the very best.
Arethusa, a nymph pursued by Alpheos, the river-god, and changed into a fountain in the island of
Ortygia; but the river-god pursued her still, and mingled his stream with the fountain. Ever since, like
friends once parted, grown single-hearted, they leap and flow and slumber together, like spirits that
love, but live no more.
This fable has been exquisitely turned into poetry by Percy B. Shelley (1820).
Arethuse , a Syracusian fountain, esp ecially noted because the poet Theokritos was born on its banks. Milton alludes to it in his Lycidas, v. 85.
Argalia, brother of Angelica, slain by Ferrau.Ariosto: Orlando Furioso (1516).
Argan, the malade imaginaire and father of Angelique. He is introduced taxing his apothecarys bills,
under the conviction that he cannot afford to be sick at the prices charged, but then he notices that he
has already reduced his bills during the current month, and is not so well. He first hits upon the plan
of marrying Angelique to a young doctor, but to this the lady objects. His brother suggests that Argan
himself should be his own doctor, and when the invalid replies he has not studied either diseases, drugs,
or Latin, the objection is overruled by investing the malade in a doctors cap and robe. The piece concludes
with the ceremonial in macaronic Latin.
Argano, leader of the Libicanians, and an ally of Agramont.Ariosto: Orlando Furioso (1516).
Argante, a giantess, called the very monster and miracle of lust. She an d her twin-brother Ollyphant or Oliphant were the children of Typhus and Earth. Argantê used to carry off young men as her captives, and seized the Squire of Dames as one of her victims. The squire, who was in fact Britomart (the heroine of chastity), was delivered by sir Satyrane.Spenser: Faërie Queene, iii. 7 (1590).
er of Octave and Zerbinette. He promises to give his daughter Zerbinette to Leandre, the son of his friend Géronte; but during his absence abroad the young people fall in love, unknown to their
respective fathers. Both fathers storm, and threaten to break off the engagement, but are delighted
beyond measure when they discover that the choice of the young people has unknowingly coincided
with their own.Molière : Les Fourberies de Scapin (1671).
Argantes, a Circassian of high rank and undoubted courage, but fierce and a great detester of the Nazarenes.
Argantês and Solyman were undoubtedly the bravest heroes of the infidel host. Argantês was slain by
Rinaldo, and Solyman by Tancred.Tasso: Jerusalem Delivered (1575).
Argenis, a political romance in Latin, by John Barclay (1621). It has been frequently translated into English.
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