The Roman Antiquities of Dionysius Halicarnassensis, Volume 1

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Page 409 - Lycurgus, to avoid these inconveniences, formed his government not of one sort, but united in one all the advantages and properties of the best governments ; to the end that no branch of it, by swelling beyond its due bounds, might degenerate into the vice which is congenial to it ; and that, while each of them were mutually acted upon by opposite powers, no one part might incline any way, or outweigh the rest ; but that the commonwealth being equally poised and balanced, like a ship "or a wagon...
Page 405 - ... race of men grows up, these, 'no longer regarding equality and liberty, from being accustomed to them, aim at a greater share of power than the rest, particularly those of the greatest fortunes, who, grown now ambitious, and being unable to attain the power they aim at by their own merit, dissipate their wealth in alluring and corrupting the people by every method ; and when, to serve their wild ambition, they have, once taught them to receive bribes and entertainments, from that moment the democracy...
Page 179 - ... d, of which one called the cottage of Romulus remains even to this day, in the corner as you turn from the Palatine Hill to the Circus, which is preserved holy by those to whom the care of these things is committed, who add to it no ornament to render it more august ; but if any part of it is injured either by storms or time they repair that injury, and observe to restore it as near as possible to its former condition.
Page 341 - ... are yet alive, they are carried upon a " bier, with all the formality of a funeral, " their friends and relations attending " them with lamentations ; being arrived " at the gate Collina, they are placed in a...
Page 344 - fhe tore off a piece of the linen garment " £he had on, and threw it upon the altar. " After this prayer, they fay, that from the « afhes, which had been long cold, and « retained no fpark of fire, a great flame "• fhone forth through the linen ; fo that the " city did not ftand in need, either of expi
Page 340 - of the term of thirty years, nothing hin'c dered cC '* dered fuch as defired it from marrying, " upon their quitting their veils *, and the *' other enfigns of their priefthood ; and " fome, though very few, have done this, •*c the end of whofe lives has not been fo " very happy as to tempt others to imitate
Page 178 - ... gone, the shepherds took up the children, and, as the gods seemed to interest themselves in their preservation, were very desirous to bring them up. There was among them an overseer of the king's swineherds whose name was Faustulus, a man of humanity, who had been in town upon some necessary business at the time when the deflowering of Ilia and her delivery were made public ; and after that, when the children were carrying to the river, he, going to Palantium, by divine appointment, went the...
Page 198 - The following passage from Dionysius may also be added : — " When everything was performed which he conceived to be acceptable to the gods, he called all the people to a place appointed and described a quadrangular figure about the hill, tracing, with a plough drawn by a bull and a cow yoked together, one continued furrow designed to receive the foundation of the wall...
Page 306 - ... Forum Romanum to the Forum Boarium, at the northern end of the Circus Maximus. The Forum Romanum, originally the great market-place, was made in part of the foss, between the Palatine and the Capitol, as mentioned by Dionysius. " Romulus and Tatius immediately [after the peace] enlarged the city, . . . and cutting down the wood that grew on the plain at the foot of the Capitoline Hill, and filling up the greatest part of the lake, which by lying in a hollow place always abounded with water that...
Page xxiii - He is never fatisfied with celebrating the bravery, the patriotifm, the frugality, and contempt of riches in the old Romans, nor with lamenting the degeneracy of 'Thofe of his own time : Upon the whole, he teaches by precept what his, and every other hiftory, will teach by examples, that the profperity of every nation is owing to their public, and private virtue, and their adverjity to the want of both.

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