314 Old-time Schools and School-books
The book closes with an appendix of biographical paragraphs containing facts relating to persons referred to in the problems. The paragraphs are of this sort: —
Homer lived in Greece about 3 thousand years ago; he was a school teacher and a poet. He wrote two poems, one called the Iliad, which is an exhibition of bodily strength ; the other called the Odyssey, which is an exhibition of the strength of the mind.
William Shakespeare is distinguished as a writer of dialogues. He lived in England; when a boy, he fell in company with bad boys, who stole some deer, and were punished; he was obliged to leave home; he went to London, and brought himself into notice by taking so good care of the horses of those that came to the theatre.
Alexander the Great was a great warrior; he conquered the world, and wept because there were no more worlds to conquer. He then gave himself up to dissipation, and died in a fit of debauch.
Miss Fanny Woodbury died in Beverly, Mass. She was an eminently pious young lady. Her life is printed, and is a very interesting book for young ladies to read.