Harvard Classics

Introductory Note: Amerigo Vespucci

Introductory note on Amerigo Vespucci (Volume 43, Harvard Classics)

Amerigo Vespucci’s Account of His First Voyage, by Amerigo Vespucci

They are a people smooth and clean of body because of continually washing themselves --- they eat all their enemies whom they kill or capture." Amerigo Vespucci thus writes of the New World inhabitants. (Volume 43, Harvard Classics)

Amerigo Vespucci returns from first American voyage, Oct. 15, 1498.

Introductory Note: Adam Smith

Introductory note on Adam Smith (Volume 10, Harvard Classics)

The Wealth of Nations (Book IV, Ch. VII), by Adam Smith

All colonies are founded to gain territory or treasure. Spain expected spice and gold from Columbus's expedition, but got no spice and little gold. Adam Smith tells the true motive of the colonizing Greeks, Romans, English, and Spaniards. (Volume 10, Harvard Classics)

Introductory Note: Marcus Aurelius

Introductory note on Marcus Aurelius (Volume 2, Harvard Classics)

The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius, by Marcus Aurelius

A man of virtue, although a pagan, Marcus Aurelius ruled with benevolence and wisdom. Cruel in persecution of Christians as lawbreakers, no trace of this sternness appears in his writings. (Volume 2, Harvard Classics)

Introductory Note: American Historical Documents

Introductory note on American Historical Documents (Volume 43, Harvard Classics)

The Letter of Columbus on the Discovery of America, by Christopher Columbus

Historical documents, now priceless, were often used as wrapping paper. Rescued by chance was a letter of Columbus telling of his voyages - of the amazing bargains made with timid natives -- of Amazon women who fought like men and made marriage treaties with cannibals. (Volume 43, Harvard Classics)

It's Columbus Day!

Introductory Note: Virgil

Introductory note on Virgil (Volume 13, Harvard Classics)

Æneid (Book V, Party I), by Virgil

Æneas, mythological founder of the Roman race, leaving Carthage and its lovely Queen Dido, was driven by a storm to the coast of Sicily. There the hospitality of King Acestes helped him to forget his relinquished love. (Volume 13, Harvard Classics)

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