He was not only the oldest native dramatist, but the first author of an epic poem (Bellum Punicum) - which, by combining the representation of actual contemporary history with a mythical background, may be said to have created the Roman type of epic poetry.
The frieze consisted of white marble figures in relief, affixed to a background of black Eleusinian stone.
The visions were less invasive than those from others, like background music at a department store.
8 There is an unmistakable reference to the occurrence in the episode of Shimei, who hovers in the background of Absalom's revolt with a large body of men at his command (xvi.
But by keeping in the background and giving public opinion time to forget his past, as well as by parliamentary intrigue, he gradually regained much of his former influence.
I'm sure Brennen was confused by my sharp response and background noise but once girls and dog had left we settled down to business.
It stood picturesquely against a timbered background of pines.
While her writing demonstrates education, most likely her background ill equipped her for the practical realities of the real world.
There is something chameleon-like in its appearances; its genuine views are kept in the background from tactical considerations, and first one aspect, then another, comes into prominence.
Instead of war in his background, there was peacemaking and diplomacy from the beginning.
The investigation of their true historical background and of the trustworthiness of their external setting (e.g.
No use was made of American military force save as a passive background to the government.
I could hear confusion and hurried voices in the background and someone yelled, 'they're here, come on'.
The packed emergency area waiting room held a disreputable collection of weeping women, stoned teenagers and dirty derelicts, all talking at the same time over the background music of a near-constant scream of sirens hauling in more Saturday night victims.
There are vicissitudes and varying standpoints which point to a complicated literary history and require some historical background, and, apart from actual changes in the history of the Levites, some allowance must be made for the real character of the circles where the diverse records originated or through which they passed.
Henceforward she remained in the background, leaving her eldest son Henry to pursue the struggle with Stephen.
In less developed creeds the difference tends to remain in the background; but where sacrifices are found, solemn annual rites, communal, purificatory or expiatory, are celebrated, and these are held to be in like manner obligatory.
But the more serious difficulties which to many minds still stand in the way of the acceptance of the epistle have come from the developed phase of Pauline theology which it shows, and from the general background and atmosphere of the underlying system of thought, in which the absence of the well-known earlier controversies is remarkable, while some things suggest the thought of John and a later age.
The historical background of Ps.
It may be said generally that Catharism formed the abiding background of medieval heresy.
Their issues faded into the background as they began preparing the house for the new babies.
In the background she heard Alex ask him who he was talking to.
And Catherine of Aragon, but gradually withdrawing into the background he resigned the office of lord chancellor in 1515, and was succeeded by Wolsey, whom he had consecrated as bishop of Lincoln in the previous year.
On the north, west and south it is surrounded by hills, with a background of mountains amongst which the Puy-de-Dome stands out prominently.
The noble buildings, contrasting strangely with the wharves adjacent and opposite to it, make a striking picture, standing on the low river-bank with a background formed by the wooded elevation of Greenwich Park.
It is certain that the hand of the assassin was prompted by some one in the background; suspicion could not fail to fall upon Alexander among others.
In the book of Zechariah Zerubbabel has already fallen into the background and the high priest is the leading figure of the Judean community.
All these older methods have, however, been thrown into the background and rendered antiquated by inventions which have grown out of Hertz's scientific investigations on the production of electric waves.
For the next four years he kept studiously in the background, waiting his time.
The Balkan crisis threw this question into the background during the winter; but, with the settlement of the international questions raised by the annexation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, it once more came to the front.
The front of the palace forms the background to the public memorial to Queen Victoria, at the head of the Mall.
Again, can we substitute church authority for that which is always the background of " dogma " as interpreted from inside - divine authority?
But it is important to notice that a parallel story (xx.) is without this distinctively Philistine background, and this variation is significant.
463-76) holds mainly to the contemporary-historical method in his earlier works, though recognizing signs of a double historical background; but in his last work the importance of tradition as a source of the writer's materials is fully acknowledged.
It completely dominates the city's background, and is a well-known sailors' landmark.
The decisive considerations for the determination of the date are the language, the historical background and the thought.
At the seaward end of this promontory is the 13thcentury cathedral; behind which the belfries of four churches, at least as ancient, rise in a row along the crest of the ridge; while behind these, again, are the castle and a background of desolate hills.
During the period of Leicester's governorship he remained in the background, engaged in acquiring a thorough knowledge of the military art, and in 1586 the States of Holland conferred upon him the title of prince.
In this process the conviction of the reconciliation of the sinner with God, of the salvation of the world and the individual through Christ, fell into the background before the vindication of supernatural truths intellectually conceived.
The background in I Chron.
C. Druce by a former wife were living in Australia, and Mrs Druce's claims fell into the background, the case being taken up independently by Mr G.
Then a woman in the background said something about them all moving to this keen town and the woman on the phone laughed, like it was a joke.