Lectures on the history of Rome (from the earliest times to the fall of the Western empire) ed. [and tr.] by L. Schmitz, Volume 1 (Google eBook)

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Page xxiii - Niebuhr's Lectures on the History of Rome. From the Earliest Times to the First Punic War. Edited by Dr.
Page 44 - ... we'd rather starve idle, than working." The labor monopoly of the United Mine Workers of America alone stands between the conditions of 1920 and those of 1896. To the extent that the monopoly is increased the miners' position is made more secure. CHAPTER VIII EARLY HISTORY OF UNIONS OF COAL MINERS WE have now reached the point at which it is necessary to consider the relative merits of complete organization of the coal miners in America and the disadvantages of a further extension of the union....
Page 89 - Gentiles sunt inter se qui eodem nomine sunt. Non est satis. Qui ab ingenuis oriundi sunt. Ne id quidem satis est. Quorum maiorum nemo servitutem servivit. Abest etiam nunc. Qui capite non sunt deminuti. Hoc fortasse satis est.
Page 52 - Up to this point we have had nothing except poetry, but with Tullus Hostilius a kind of history begins, that is, events are related which must be taken in general as historical, though in the light in which they are presented to us they are not historical. Thus, for example, the destruction of Alba is historical, and so in all probability is the reception of the Albans at Rome The conquests of Ancus Martius are quite credible, and they appear like an oasis of real history in the midst of fables.
Page 52 - Martius are quite credible; and they appear like an oasis of real history in the midst of fables. A similar case occurs once in the chronicle of Cologne. In the Abyssinian annals, we find in the thirteenth century a very minute account of one particular event, in which we recognise a piece of contemporaneous history, though we meet with nothing historical either before or after. The history which then follows is like a picture viewed from the wrong side, like phantasmata; the names of the kings are...
Page 40 - ... knows nothing of this circumstance. The conclusion which must be drawn from all this is, that in the earliest times there were two towns, Roma and Remuria, the latter being far distant from the city and from the Palatine. Romulus now fixed the boundary of his town, but Remus scornfully leapt across the ditch, for which he was slain by Celer, a hint that no one should cross the fortifications of Rome with impunity. But Romulus fell into a state of melancholy occasioned by the death of Remus; he...
Page 67 - ... conducted it into the Tiber, and thus changed the lake into solid ground; but as the Tiber itself had a marshy bank, a large wall was built as an embankment, the greater part of which still exists. This structure equalling the pyramids in extent and massiveness, far surpasses them in the difficulty of its execution. It is so gigantic, that the more one examines it, the more inconceivable it becomes how even a large and powerful state could have executed it. In comparison with it, the aqueducts...
Page 66 - But after him a state of things is described by the historians, of which traces are still visible. Even at the present day there stands unchanged the great sewer, the cloaca maxima, the object of which, it may be observed, was not merely to carry away the refuse of the city, but chiefly to drain the large lake which was formed by the Tiber between the Capitoline, Aventine and Palatine, then extended between the Palatine and Capitoline, and reached as a swamp as far as the district between the Quirinal...
Page 338 - Quirinal ; and the astonished Gauls are said to have done him no harm a tradition which is not improbable. The provisions in the Capitol were exhausted, but the Gauls themselves being seized with epidemic diseases became tired of their conquests, and were not inclined to settle in a country so far away from their own home. They once more attempted to take the Capitol by storm, having observed that the messenger from Veii had ascended the rock, and come down again near the Porta Carmentalis, below...
Page xi - Niebuhr's great work. . . . Even those who by a careful study have acquired a thorough familiarity with the three volumes of the Roman History, will find in these Lectures much that is new and striking.

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