A Short History of Ancient Peoples

Paperback | January 31, 2012

byRobinson Souttar

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1904. Excerpt: ... the beginning of the triumvirate, but from the time when he became supreme he proved himself an administrator of the highest capacity, and by his wisdom and clemency obliterated the memory of earlier misdeeds. Although the authority of Octavius gradually became absolute in Rome, he took care not to offend lovers of republican simplicity. This was the more easy for him as he was naturally unostentatious in disposition and simple in habits. His house was only such as a well-to-do citizen might naturally live in; he did not waste the revenues of the state in personal display; he resented servility, and surrounded himself with well-chosen ministers and friends. His very first actions showed his desire to utilise existing institutions. The Senate had not always deserved his favour but he treated it with respect; and though he reduced its numbers, and probably eliminated hostile elements, he left it in possession of its dignity, and his own name headed the Senatorial roll. He ruled indeed as first citizen, not as an autocrat, and this remained a characteristic of Roman emperors. However despotic they may have been, they claimed no divine right. The empire was but a development of the republic with a princeps appointed for life. Nowadays we say "the king never dies," but amongst the Romans it was not so, for when one emperor passed away Imperial rule also ended until the Senate endowed his successor with the imperium. When order had been completely restored Octavius laid 27. down the extraordinary powers which had been conferred upon him, but received from the Senate a fresh lease of power for ten years, a lease which was renewed as often as required..Under the new arrangement, Octavius received the title of Augustus, by which we shall hereafter speak of him, an...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1904. Excerpt: ... the beginning of the triumvirate, but from the time when he became supreme he proved himself an administrator of the highest c...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:212 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.45 inPublished:January 31, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217157610

ISBN - 13:9780217157612

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