The History of Rome

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D. Appleton, 1868 - Rome - 670 pages
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Page 471 - Hector met his more than human adversary in his country's cause is no unworthy image of the unyielding magnanimity displayed by the aristocracy of Rome. As Hannibal utterly eclipses Carthage, so on the contrary Fabius, Marcellus, Claudius Nero, even Scipio himself, are as nothing when compared to the spirit, and wisdom, and power of Rome. The senate which voted its thanks to its political enemy Varro, after his disastrous defeat, 'because he had not despaired of the Commonwealth...
Page 265 - Beverage, — one breakfast cupful of cafe au hit ; that is, clear strong infusion of coffee, with scalded milk, in the proportion of one-third of the former to two-thirds of the latter.
Page 399 - Lords, and all the peers with one impulse arose to receive him. We know the expiring words of that mighty voice, when he protested against the dismemberment of this ancient monarchy, and prayed that if England must fall, she might fall with honour. The real speech of Lord Chatham against yielding to the coalition of France and America, will...
Page 79 - Rome in the year 261, thirteen were now either destroyed, or were in the possession of the Opicans ; that on the Alban hills themselves Tusculum alone remained independent ; and that there was no other friendly city to obstruct the irruptions of the enemy into the territory of Rome. Accordingly, that territory was plundered year after year, and whatever defeats the plunderers may at times have sustained, yet they were never deterred from renewing a contest which they found in the main profitable...
Page 133 - ... great expedition proved victorious, the energies of Greece during the next eventful century would have found their field in the West no less than in the East; Greece, and not Rome, might have conquered Carthage; Greek instead of Latin might have been at this day the principal element of the language of Spain, of France, and of Italy; and the laws of Athens, rather than of Rome, might be the foundation of the law of the civilized world.
Page 78 - Opican nations was generally defensive: that the jEquians and Volscians had advanced from the line of the Apennines, and established themselves on the Alban hills in the heart of Latium : that of the thirty Latin states, which had formed the league with Rome (in...
Page 275 - he had crossed the Hellespont, Alexander, having won his 'vast dominion, entered Babylon, and, resting from his career 'in that oldest seat of earthly empire, he steadily surveyed 'the mass of various nations which owned his sovereignty, 'and revolved in his mind the great work of breathing into 'this huge but inert body the living spirit of Greek civilisa'tion.
Page 3 - Numitor's herdsmen laid an ambush, and Remus fell into it, and was taken and carried off to Alba. But when the young man was brought before Numitor, he was struck with his noble air and bearing, and asked him who he was. And when Remus told him of his birth, and how he had been saved from death, together with his brother, Numitor marvelled, and thought whether this might not be his own daughter's child. In the meanwhile, Faustulus and Romulus hastened to Alba to deliver Remus ; and by the help of...
Page 6 - ... callings ; and there were made of them nine companies. So all was peaceful and prosperous throughout the reign of king Numa ; the gates of the temple of Janus were never opened, for the Romans had no wars and no enemies ; and Numa built a temple to Faith, and appointed a solemn worship for her ;to that men might learn not to lie or to deceive, but to speak and act in honesty.
Page 190 - ... in the great drama of the nations. For nearly two hundred years they continued to fill Europe and Asia with the terror of their name : but it was a passing tempest, and if useful at all, it was useful only to destroy. The Gauls could communicate no essential points of human character in which other races might be deficient ; they could neither improve the intellectual state of mankind, nor its social and political relations. When, therefore, they had done their appointed work of havoc, they were...

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