He declared the whole legend was fictitious.
But he is sometimes guilty of inserting rhetorical speeches which are not only fictitious, but also misleading as an account of the speaker's sentiments.
The vivid narrative of his career given by Lucian might be taken as fictitious but for the corroboration of certain coins of the emperors Lucius Verus and Marcus Aurelius (J.
If the pressure alters as the water tank empties, a discontinuity occurs in the trace when the tank is refilled, and a fictitious element may be introduced into the diurnal variation.
Pedigrees were invented, imaginary consulships and fictitious triumphs inserted, and family traditions and family honours were formally incorporated with the history of the state.
In any case the age stated in the burial register, "about 45," was fictitious, whether for Mattioli (63) or Dauger (at least 53) and, as Lair points out, Saint-Mars is known to have given false names at the burial of other prisoners.
a fictitious planet performing uniform revolutions in the same time as the real planet.
The real cause of the trouble which prevails among men is the papacy, a "fictitious" power, the development of which is the result of a series of usurpations.
Widely varying views have been held by modern scholars with regard to his activity, some going so far as to treat all the accounts of his labours as the fictitious creation of a later age.
She does not appear in Homer, although according to Xanthus (regarded by some as a fictitious personage), to whom Stesichorus was indebted for much in his Oresteia, she was identical with the Homeric Laodice, and was called Electra because she remained so long unmarried ('A-MKTpa).
Later chroniclers indulged in the fictitious and the marvellous, and it is almost exclusively from his own books that trustworthy information can be obtained.
This is defined as the speed of revolution of the fictitious body already described, revolving with a uniform angular motion and the same periodic time as the planet.
The princess wrote Aventures de la tour de Perse, in which, under the veil of fictitious scenes and names, she tells the history of her own time.
The "mean moon" is a fictitious moon which moves around the earth with a uniform velocity and in the same time as the real moon.
The two 13th-century romances, Gaidon, by Herbert Leduc de Dammartin, and Anseis de Carthage, contain a purely fictitious account of the end of the war in Spain, and of the establishment of a Frankish kingdom under the rule of Anseis.
They suffered, not only from the regular taxes, which were seldom remitted even after bad seasons, but also from monopolies; and Procopius goes so far as to allege that the emperor made a practice of further recruiting his treasury by confiscating on slight or fictitious pretexts the property of persons who had displeased Theodora or himself.
18 as a fictitious prophecy in the interests of Onias, the founder of the rival Egyptian temple to Yahweh at Leontopolis in the name of Heliopolis (Josephus, Ant.
These laws are to prevent fictitious capitalization and " stock-watering."
From this passage arose a legend, which took shape only in the 17th century, that the compass was invented in the year 1302 by a person to whom was given the fictitious name of Flavio Gioja, of Amalfi.
It is certain to be met by fictitious devices which at the best will cause needless inconvenience to the contracting parties; restraints will be placed on the natural flow of capital, and industry will suffer.
The decision between the two races turned on the vote of the feudal proprietors, and in order to win this a society was formed among the German capitalists of Vienna (to which the name of Chabrus was popularly given) to acquire by real or fictitious purchase portions of those estates to which a vote was attached.
That the war continued for nearly two years after this proclamation shows how fictitious the claim of annexation was.
These and other reasons, notably the manufacture of much fictitious wine with the aid of sugar (fortunately stopped by the rigid new wine laws), led to the grave wine crisis, which almost amounted to a revolution in the Midi in the spring and summer of 1907.
Even in the 12th century there were some who detected, and derided, the fictitious character of Geoffrey's "History."
In many cases these heroes were purely fictitious; such were the supposed ancestors of the noble and priestly families of Attica and elsewhere (Butadae at Athens, Branchidae at Miletus Ceryces at Eleusis), of the eponymi of the tribes and demes.
Aspremont (12th century) describes a fictitious campaign against the Saracen King Agolant in Calabria, and is chiefly devoted to the enfances of Roland.
It appears to the author, however, that where such methods are employed merely with a view to overcoming a specific malady and there is no intention of increasing the quantity of the wine for purposes of gain, or of giving it a fictitious appearance of quality, these operations are perfectly justifiable and may be compared to the modifications of procedure which are forced upon the brewer or distiller who has to deal with somewhat abnormal raw material.
Shelley's tragedy is well known as a magnificent piece of writing, although the author adopts a purely fictitious version of the story.
In astronomy the "mean sun" is a fictitious sun which moves uniformly in the celestial equator and has its right ascension always equal to the sun's mean longitude.
The latter are not " real " purchases in the sense given to that term above, but fictitious because delivery of the cotton is not desired.
He here breaks with Augustine and the Westminster Confession by arguing, consistently with his theory of the Will, that Adam had no more freedom of will than we have, but had a special endowment, a supernatural gift of grace, which by rebellion against God was lost, and that this gift was withdrawn from his descendants, not because of any fictitious imputation of guilt, but because of their real participation in his guilt by actual identity with him in his transgression.
Besides being bad philosophy based on fictitious history, Christianity is not respectable.
The problems discussed under this fictitious guise are with rare exceptions fundamental problems for every age; and, whatever may be thought of the positions maintained, the discussions are hardly ever feeble or trivial.
of their having been originally told by the poet himself instead of being put in the mouth of his hero, we feel that inaccuracies of this kind are apt to creep in wherever a fictitious story is thrown into the form of an autobiography.
His first book was the fictitious Memoires d'Anne de Gonzague, princesse palatine (1786), thought by many people at the time to be genuine.
A great number of explanations are current, some of which claim the authority of the Prophet himself; as, indeed, fictitious utterances of Mahomet play throughout a conspicuous part in the exegesis of the Koran.
Of these the best known were: the Kolakes, in which he pilloried the spendthrift Callias, who wasted his substance on sophists and parasites; Maricas, an attack on Hyperbolus, the successor of Cleon, under a fictitious name; the Baptae, against Alcibiades and his clubs, at which profligate foreign rites were practised.
That tradition goes back to the Prophet's favourite wife Ayesha; but as she was not born at the time when the revelation is said to have been made, it can only contain at the best what Mahomet told her years afterwards, from his own not very clear recollection, with or without fictitious additions, and this woman is little trustworthy.
It produced in England the Roman du Saint Graal and the Roman de Merlin, both from the pen of Robert de Borron; the Roman de Lancelot; the Roman de Tristan, which is attributed to a fictitious Lucas de Gast.
The actual equinox is defined by first taking the conception of a fictitious point called the Mean Equinox, which moves at a nearly uniform rate, slow varying, however, from century to century.
The principles of company investments are fully applicable: the creation of sinking-funds, the fixing the term of each loan to the time at which the return from its employment ceases, and the avoidance of the formation of fictitious capital, become guiding rules from this part of finance, and indicate the connexion with what the commercial world calls " financial operations."
A large increase in imports, caused by fictitious prosperity and inability to obtain drafts against guano shipments, led to the exportation of coin to meet commercial obligations, and this soon reduced the currency circulation to a paper basis.
The purely fictitious and romantic tales added to the personal history of Charlemagne and his warriors in the 13th century are inferior in manner, and belong to the decadence of romance.
Among the twenty-nine guests are Galen and Ulpian, but they are all probably fictitious personages, and the majority take no part in the conversation.
At Bologna, though not at Paris, the " permission to teach " soon became fictitious, only a small number of doctors being allowed to exercise the right of teaching in that university (Rashdall).
It is the startling contrast of the Herati oasis with the vast expanse of comparative sterility that encloses it which has given such a fictitious value to the estimates of the material wealth of the valley of the Hari Rud.
In the same year appeared two wholly or partially fictitious histories, each of which might have made a reputation for any man.
The fictitious literature of the second and third centuries, known as the Apocryphal Gospels, offers no direct evidence of any historical value at all: it is chiefly valuable for the contrast which it presents to the grave simplicity of the canonical Gospels, and as showing how incapable a later age was of adding anything to the Gospel history which was not palpably absurd.
While Theseus was in Crete, Minos, 1 The story of Theseus is a strange mixture of (mostly fictitious) political tradition, of aetiological myths invented to explain misunderstood acts of ritual and of a cycle of tales of adventure analogous to the story of the labours of Heracles.
He has been given a fictitious importance by recent commentators, who have regarded him as the forerunner of the Alexandrian School of philosophy.
He conceived the agitation for reform to be a purely fictitious one, worked up by partisans and men of disorder in their own interest, and expressing no real want on the part of the public at large.
It should not be difficult to decide whether the reversals are real or fictitious.
Eastward of the present city, amongst the mounds and ruins of the old town, in a dilapidated chamber adjoining a bluedomed building over the grave of an imamzadeh, is the tomb of the astronomer-poet Omar Khayyam, an unsightly heap of plaster without inscription, and probably fictitious.
The treatises are nearly all anterior to the 7th century, and most appear to belong to the 3rd and 4th centuries; some are the work of authentic authors like Zosimus and Synesius, while of others, such as profess to be written by Moses, Democritus, Ostanes, &c., the authorship is clearly fictitious.
He followed as his chief source the prose history of Myron of Priene, an untrustworthy writer, probably of the 2nd century B.C.; hence a good deal of his story must be regarded as fanciful, though we cannot distinguish accurately between the true and the fictitious.
But, although the existence of this Alhazen of Jean de Bec has been believed by many, the more trustworthy critics consider the history and historian to be equally fictitious.
The customary arrangements of the work of villeins, however, render this contrast rather fictitious.
He had a passion for geography and travellers' tales, for descriptions of natural wonders and ruined cities, and was himself a practised fictitious narrator and fabulist, as other passages in his MSS.
The more advanced school of critics holds that the names of the supposed authors are purely fictitious, as those of some of the authorities which they profess to quote certainly are.
He was of Illyrian origin; a fictitious connexion with the family of Claudius Gothicus was attributed to him by Constantine.
This suggested a regular procedure, according to which the father sold his son thrice into mancipium, while after each sale the fictitious vendee enfranchized the son, by manumissio vindicta, i.e.
Some forms may, in the Irish as in other legal systems, have become merely ceremonial and fictitious.
It contains a number of obviously fictitious stories, through which, however, it is not impossible to discern the general character of the man.
Some of the names, moreover, were obviously fictitious, or even absurd.
For public affairs it was, by the time of Cicero, superseded by the fictitious observation of lightning.
But it is as a brilliant humourist and satirist that he is remembered, in connexion with his fictitious character "Sam Slick."
The tradition and the assertion are in all probability equally fictitious and proceed respectively from the foes and the friends of the Herodian dynasty.
It has already been pointed out that the problem as it presented itself to utilitarian philosophers could lead only to a false solution, depending as it did upon a wholly fictitious theory as to the nature of desire.
But, nevertheless, the new light thrown upon the unity of the self and the more careful and accurate scrutiny made by recent psychologists of the phenomena of decision have rendered it no longer possible either for determinists to deny the fact of choice (whatever be their theory as to its nature) or for libertarians to regard the self or the will as isolated from and unaffected by other mental constituents and antecedents, and hence, by an appeal to wholly fictitious entities, to prove the truth of freedom.
It was inevitable that, in proportion as this casuistry assumed the character of a systematic penal jurisprudence, its precise determination of the limits between the prohibited and the allowable, with all doubtful points closely scrutinized and illustrated by fictitious cases, would have a tendency to weaken the moral sensibilities of ordinary minds; the greater the industry spent in deducing conclusions from the diverse authorities, the greater necessarily became the number of points on which doctors disagreed; and the central authority that might have repressed serious divergences was wanting in the period of moral weakness'- that the church went through after the death of Boniface Viii.
In this orbit a certain fictitious planet is supposed to move according to the law of elliptic motion.
Comparing the longitudes of the actual and the fictitious planet the former will sometimes be ahead of the latter and sometimes behind it.
But in every case, if at a certain time t, the actual planet has a certain longitude, it is certain that at a very short interval dt before or after t, the fictitious planet will have this same longitude.
What Hansen's method does is to determine a correction dt such that, being applied to the actual time t, the longitude of the fictitious planet computed for the time t+dt, will give the longitude of the true planet at the time t.
Although the longitude of the fictitious planet at the fictitious time is then equal to that of the true planet at the true time, their radii vectores will not be strictly equal.
In 1533, he published his Invicta Veritas (with the fictitious pressmark of Luneberge, to avoid suspicion), which contained an answer to the numerous tracts supporting Henry's ecclesiastical claims. After an imprisonment of more than six years, Abel was sentenced to death for denying the royal supremacy in the church, and was executed at Smithfield on the Both of July 1540.
Blind " The Fictitious French Claim to Madagascar," Contemp. Rev. (1894); Martineau, Etude de politique contemporaine.
It would seem that Abu'l-Mahasin had read or heard the stories in the Nights, and was thus led to compare the historical with the fictitious character.
Formic ether gives a peach-like odour, and is used for flavouring fictitious rum.
This early experiment in colonization at Saybrook and the sale by Fenwick are important on account of their relation to a fictitious land title.
Hume, therefore, for his part, rejected entirely the notion of cause as being fictitious and delusive, and professed to account for the habit of regarding experience as necessarily connected by reference to arbitrarily formed custom of thinking.
I do not know of any other garden, real or fictitious, claiming to have a " yew alley " .
depicted herein are fictitious.
excavation of a fictitious megalithic tomb in Dorset.
fictitious narrative was that it should present either unusual people or abnormal situations.
fictitious scenario were introduced in the previous edition of the Journal.
fictitious characters describe their new hospital.
We live in the time where we have fictitious election results that elect a fictitious president.
fictitious name has long been a common practice by authors.
The colors of dinosaurs illustrated in books are purely fictitious.
Notes: [also: The Mystery, or Forty Years Ago: ' This Novel is not wholly fictitious.
Whilst most are entirely fictitious, bred form urban myths of payouts for nothing - always a " friend of a friend " .
Brian Mitchell, trading standards officer, described the story as " totally fictitious.
Moore dismisses the alleged email as being, " Completely fictitious ", and, " Complete and utter lies " .
Where possible each module or pairing of modules represents a different industry or location, mostly fictitious.
The persons did not seem fictitious, but quite in the same condition as they were presented.
goings at No. 44 Scotland Street, a fictitious building in a real street in Edinburgh.
Amputees have star roles in war games, like densely plotted, big-budget movie Army fights insurgents in fictitious town.
This system is directly analogous to the creation of fictitious genealogies whereby individuals trace their origins back to a prestigious and perhaps mythical past.
The Magdeburg Centuries, in spite of Mauritius being the patron saint of Magdeburg, declared the whole legend fictitious; J.
opposed by the leakage through imperfect insulation, or natural dissipation, and this may introduce a fictitious element into the apparent annual or diurnal variation.
Empty space, as distinguished from material extension, is a fictitious abstraction.
Florimont, a 12th-century poem by Aimon de Varenne, relates to a fictitious personage said to have been the grandfather of Alexander.
r5), and here, concealing his disgrace by a fictitious story, he also obtained bread from the consecrated table and the sword of Goliath (chap. xxi.
i) the adoption was entirely fictitious, the work of Plotina and Attianus, by whom Trajan's death was concealed for a few days in order to facilitate the elevation of Hadrian.
The true anomaly, AFP, is commonly determined through the mean anomaly conceived thus: Describe a circle of radius a= CA around F, and let a fictitious planet start from K at the same moment that the actual planet passes A, and let it move with a uniform speed such that it shall complete its revolution in the same time T as the actual planet.
Fashion has, moreover, set fictitious values upon slight shades of colour.
Among his more famous hoaxes were the " Edict of the King of Prussia " (1773), already described; the fictitious supplement to the Boston Chronicle, printed on his private press at Passy in 1782, and containing a letter with an invoice of eight packs of 954 cured, dried, hooped and painted scalps of rebels, men, women and children, taken by Indians in the British employ; and another fictitious Letter from the Count de Schaumberg to the Baron Hohendorf commanding the Hessian Troops in America (1777) - the count's only anxiety is that not enough men will be killed to bring him in moneys he needs, and he urges his officer in command in America " to prolong the war.
The history of that ill-fated queen occupied much of his attention, and his last work, A Detection of the LoveLetters lately attributed in Hugh Campbell's work to Mary Queen of Scots, is an exposure of an attempt to represent as genuine some fictitious letters said to have passed between Mary and Bothwell, which had fallen into deserved oblivion.
1.74) credits him with more ability than trustworthiness, and Cicero (Brutus, II) accuses him of giving a fictitious account of the death of Themistocles.
(See the section on " Orders of Knighthood " below.) The United Kingdom has eight orders of knighthood - the Garter, the Thistle, St Patrick, the Bath, the Star of India, St Michael and St George, the Indian Empire and the Royal Victorian Order; and, while the first is undoubtedly the oldest as well as the most illustrious anywhere existing, a fictitious antiquity has been claimed and is even still frequently conceded 8 State Papers, Domestic Series, James the First, lxvii.
The Valet's Tragedy (1903), which takes its title from an essay on the" Man with the Iron Mask," (see Iron Mask), collects twelve papers on historical mysteries, and A Monk of Fife (1896) is a fictitious narrative purporting to be written by a young Scot in France in 1429-1431.
Like paper blockades (see Blockade) and fictitious occupations of territory, such premature proclamations are viewed by international jurists as not being jure gentiuna.
A popular error found Humphrey a fictitious tomb in St Paul's Cathedral.
Hrolf Kraki's Saga paraphrases part of Biarkamal; Hromund Gripsson's gives the story of Helgi and Kara (the lost third of the Helgi trilogy); Gautrek's Arrow Odd's, Frithiof's Sagas, &c., contain shreds of true tradition amidst a mass of later fictitious matter of no worth.
The rumor of an exclusive black credit card from American Express started in the 1990s with varying stories being told of the qualifications for membership and the supposed owners of this exclusive, albeit fictitious, credit card.
Make up a fictitious word to use as a password.
Phishers create fictitious websites based on real sites to gather personal information.
Famous couples are a popular costume options, whether they are based on real people - like John and Jackie Kennedy - or fictitious characters - like Mad Men's Don and Betty Draper.
You'll use a plethora of weapons, fictitious and real, to pound your enemy into the pavement, or just explode the pavement underneath him.
Freddie Mac - This page offers a sample amortization schedule for a fictitious loan.
The Oxford English Dictionary defines the term "fancy dress" as "a costume arranged according to the wearer's fancy, usually representing some fictitious or historical character."
While many of these ghost stories are completely fictitious, many have some sliver of truth.
Created by Frank and Doris Hursley, the soap opera focused on the staff of General Hospital in the fictitious town of Port Charles in upstate New York.
The show is set in the fictitious Albert Square in the fictional borough of Walford.
Set in a fictitious version of Fremont, California, Wildfire is actually filmed in New Mexico.
The show is set in the fictitious town of Pine Valley, Pennsylvania.
The TV series is set in the fictitious town of Mystic Falls rather than the book's more real setting of Falls Church, Virginia.
The Vampire Diaries is set in the fictitious town of Mystic Falls, Virginia.
Brown and Sally Pressman as the titular wives (and one husband) of army officers and enlisted posted at the fictitious Fort Marshall.
The fictitious suburb of Philadelphia was close enough to New York and Washington D.C. that characters often made excursions to those cities.
Check with your city administration office for information on licenses, permits and fictitious name filings you need to run your particular type of business.
The following sample uses fictitious numbers.
The Heralds of Valdemar serve in a feudal-level fictitious kingdom created by fantasy novelist Mercedes Lackey.
This was pure fictitious invention on the part of Stoker, although many people now believe it was in the lore all along.
Many consider 'worldbuilding' in Sci-fi and particularly in fantasy to be a simple matter of drawing a map of their fictitious terrain.
If you dash through the process of thinking through your fictitious setting, it will show in the final product.
Battlestar Galactica schematics for the fictitious colonial military ship include the layout and specifications that make the futuristic setting real for BSG fans.
Star Trek starships inspire the exploratory nature of the human experience within the fictitious universe of the Star Trek franchise.
d'Olbreuze (6 vols., 1862-1863) are equally fictitious.
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