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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1852 edition. Excerpt: ...Semiramis, and soon after her life. One Her death, of the eunuchs of her palace had inspired her own son with the design of poisoning his mother. When she discovered the conspiracy, she did not proceed to punish the offenders, for she recollected the oracular prediction of Jupiter Ammon, and deemed it the express appointment of heaven that at this time she should die. She accordingly relinquished the government in favour of her son, and issued proclamations to her subjects intimating her desire that he should be received as king. Her retirement seems to have been partly compulsory and partly ambitious, for she wished to have divine honours paid to her, in consequence, as the oracle had expressed it, of "vanishing from the sight of men." It was given out that she left this world in the form of a dove, attended by a flock of those birds which settled on her palace at the very crisis of her departure. She died at the age of sixty-two, after having reigned forty-two years over the greatest portion of Asia. Justin gives a different account. He represents Semiramis, after jastin s the decease of her husband, as being fearful of intrusting the govern-Jl ment to her son because of his youth, and equally apprehensive of incurring danger should she venture openly to assume the empire for herself. Accordingly she ruled in the name of Ninyas, but at length falling violently in love with him, she was slain by him in consequence of her attempts to engage him in a compliance with her criminal intentions. There is something, however, both unnatural and improbable in this statement, although she must be allowed, by the corresponding testimony of all historians, to have been sufficiently addicted to all the guiltiest forms of pleasure. The life...