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

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Page 67 - ... the more difficult it is to attain my ends, the more honourable it will be ;' and this is a maxim which every one should impress upon himself as a law. Some of those who are guided by it, prosecute their plans with obstinacy, and so perish : others, who are more practical men, if they have failed in one way, will try another.
Page 300 - The best use that could be made of it was to benefit the people, that is, the sovereign, and a vast number of whom were as poor as the poor in our own days. What should such a population of free men do? Were they to beg, or should the State support them ? The idea of the dignity of every individual belonging to a free State lies at the bottom of many things which occur in a republic ; it is the duty of a republic to take care of its members, even of the most insignificant, and this is to a certain...
Page 38 - ... was killed by being exposed to the sun and insects. Some middle age writers take a special delight in inventing most fearful and complicate tortures, eg, the authors of the forged Ada Martyrum. Such also is the case with the story of Regulus. It surely cannot have been known previously to the time of Polybius, for had he been acquainted with it, as told by later writers, he would not have passed over it in silence. The common account of the death of Regulus may be effaced from the pages of history...
Page 269 - Numantines had consumed all their provisions, after they had for some time been living upon the corpses of their enemies and their own friends, and had experienced all the horrors and miseries such as we have seen inflicted upon Missolonghi, they at length wished to surrender, Scipio demanded that they should lay down their arms and surrender at discretion. The Numantines then begged for a truce of three days to consider the proposal. This time they employed, especially the persons of the higher...
Page 67 - Niebuhr the observation, that her statesmen or her statesman resolved to repair that loss by creating a province in Spain. "When, after the American war, it was thought in England that the ignominious peace of Paris had put an end to the greatness of England, Pitt undertook, with double courage, the restoration of his country, and displayed his extraordinary powers. It was in the same spirit that Hamilcar acted : he turned his eyes to Spain ; he formed the plan of making Spain a province which should...
Page 396 - As regards the manners and mode of life of the Romans, their great object at this time was the acquisition and possession of money. Their moral conduct, which had been corrupt enough before the social war, became still more so by their systematic plunder and rapine. Immense riches were accumulated and squandered upon brutal pleasures. The simplicity of the old manners and mode of living had been abandoned for Greek luxuries and frivolities...
Page 308 - Eloq. 42. it, and shown that so far from being a factious demagogue, he was a virtuous and upright citizen. " There are two classes of men, the one consisting of those who are sincere and open, and seek and love the beautiful and sublime, who delight in eminent men, and see in them the glory of their age and nation; the other comprising those who think only of themselves, are envious, jealous, and sometimes very unhappy creatures, without having a distinct will of their own: they cannot bear to see...
Page 37 - Beaufort afterwards adduced further reasons to prove that this tragedy is a complete fiction,2 and that it was probably invented because the Romans allowed that the terms of peace proposed by Regulus were abominable, and that he had to make amends for his shameful conduct.
Page 396 - ... he was in no way to be compared with Cicero. He had his share of all the depravities of his age; and it is an undoubted fact that he sold his own convictions, a thing from .. which Cicero was altogether free.
Page 188 - In the time of Pyrrhus these Gauls had penetrated through Macedonia into Greece as far as Delphi; afterwards they went eastward to Thrace : but whether they were, as the Greeks relate, induced to do so by fearful natural phenomena, or were attracted by 7 Livy, xxxviii.

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