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Agonistes

Agonis′tes(4 syl.). Samson Agonistes (the title of Milton's drama) means Samson wrestling with adversity—Samson combating with trouble. (Greek, agonizomai, to combat, to struggle…

Agonistics

Agonis′tics A branch of the Donatists of Africa who roamed from town to town affirming they were ministers of justice. The Greek agon (an assembly) = the Latin nundinæ, days when …

Samson

Any man of unusual strength; so called from the Judge of Israel. The British Samson. Thomas Topham, son of a London carpenter. He lifted three hogsheads of water, weighing 1,836 pounds, in…

Deborah Samson

Deborah Samsonwar heroineBorn: 1760Birthplace: Plympton, Massachusetts The oldest of at least seven children, Samson learned responsibility at an early age. Her father abandoned the family whe…

Samson Carrasco

(See Don Quixote, pt. ii. bk. i. chap. iv.) Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894San BenitoSamson A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V …

Samson MASON

MASON, Samson, a Representative from Ohio; born in Fort Ann, Washington County, N.Y., July 24, 1793; attended the common schools in Onondaga, N.Y.; studied law; was admitted to the bar and prac…

John Milton

John Milton wrote essays, sonnets and, most importantly, Paradise Lost, considered by many scholars the greatest epic poem of the English language. Milton was a Londoner and received his education at…

Harapha

A descendant of Og and Anak, a giant of Gath, who went to mock Samson in prison, but durst not venture within his reach. The word means the giant. (Milton: Samson Agonistes.) Source: Dict…

Eclipse Lit

by Ricco Villanueva Siasoco Eclipses have played an important part in literature from the early Chinese poets to Milton and Twain. Related Links Eclipses of the Sun and Moon, 2003Qu…

Sabbath

Day's Journey (Exodus xvi. 29; Acts i. 12), with the Jews was not to exceed the distance between the ark and the extreme end of the camp. This was 2,000 cubits, somewhat short of an English…