The Fall of the Roman Republic: A Short History of the Last Century of the Commonwealth

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Longmans, Green, 1874 - Rome - 564 pages
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Page 455 - What, thou too, Brutus !' he exclaimed, let go his hold of Casca, and drawing his robe over his face, made no further resistance. The assassins stabbed him through and through, for they had pledged themselves, one and all, to bathe their daggers in his blood. Brutus himself received a wound in their eagerness and trepidation.
Page 491 - In vain was he warned of the danger of these wretched delays. Utterly prostrated by anguish of mind and weariness of body he only replied, " Let me die, let me die in my father-land, which I have so often saved.
Page 454 - Cimber approached with a petition for his brother's pardon. The others, as was concerted, joined in the supplication, grasping his hands, and embracing his neck. Caesar at first put them gently aside, but, as they became more importunate, repelled them with main force.
Page 108 - ... himself on the faith of an old prediction. For when he was quite a youth, and living in the country, he caught in his garment an eagle's nest as it was...
Page 253 - Afranius, a weak and frivolous friend, he was mortified by the appointment of Metellus Celer, a decided enemy, as his colleague. His vanity was perhaps in some measure indemnified by the glories of his triumph, which lasted two days, amidst a display of spoils and trophies such as Rome had never before witnessed. The proconsul boasted that he had conquered twenty-one kings, and that Asia, which he had found the farthest province of the empire, he had left its centre. Banners borne in the procession...
Page 454 - Caesar for an instant defended himself, and even wounded one of his assailants with his stylus ; but when he distinguished Brutus in the press, and saw the steel flashing in his hand also, ' What, thou too, Brutus !' he exclaimed, let go his hold of Casca, and drawing his robe over his face, made no further resistance. The assassins stabbed him through and through, for they had pledged themselves, one and all, to bathe their daggers in his blood.
Page 228 - Such a state of society already trembled on the verge of dissolution, and reflecting men must have shuddered at the frailness of the bands which still held it together, and the manifold energies at work for its destruction.
Page 151 - ... but as proconsul he had saved her. The tyranny of the Roman domination had set the provinces in a blaze. Mithridates had fanned the flame. Greece and Asia had revolted. The genius of the king of Pontus might have consolidated an empire, such as Xerxes might have envied, on either shore of the ^Egean Sea.
Page 457 - He was great,' repeats a modern writer, ' in every thing he undertook ; as a captain, a statesman, a lawgiver, a jurist, an orator, a poet, an historian, a grammarian, a mathematician, and an architect.
Page 449 - Brutus of the expiring republic had acquiesced in Caesar's usurpation with less apparent reluctance than perhaps any other member of the Pompeian party. Despondent in her hour of distress, he had been the last to join, the earliest to desert the unfurled banner of the republic. After Pharsalia, he was the first to seek refuge in the camp of the victor ; in the city he was the foremost to court the friendship and claim the confidence of the dictator. He...

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