History Of European Morals, From Augustus To Charlemagne Volume 1

Paperback | April 21, 2013

byWilliam Edward Hartpole Lecky

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1897 edition. Excerpt: ...who were not Romans, and of a people who had already become in a great degree emancipated from local sentiments. It is also evident that the Greeks having had for several centuries a splendid literature, at a time when the Romans had none, and when the Latin language was still too rude for literary purposes, the period in which the Romans first emerged from a purely military condition into an intelligent civilisation would bring with it an ascendancy of Greek ideas. Fabius Pictor and Oincius Alimentus, the earliest native Roman historians, both wrote in Greek,2 and although the poems of Ennius, and tke ' Origines' of Marcus Cato, contributed largely to improve and fix the Latin language, the precedent was not at once discontinued.3 After the conquest of Greece, the political ascendancy of the Romans and the intellectual ascendancy of Greece were alike universal.4 The conquered people, whose patriotic fee'ings had been greatly enfeebled by the influences I have noticed, acquiesced readily in their new condition, and notwithstanding the vehement exertions of the conservative party, Greek manners, sentiments, and ideas soon penetrated into all classes, and moulded all the forms of Roman life. The elder Cato, as an acute observer haa noticed, desired all Greek philosophers to be expelled from Rome. The younger Cato made Greek philosophers his most intimate friends.1 Roman virtue found its highest expression in Stoicism. Roman vice sheltered itself under the name of Epicurus. Diodorus of Sicily and Polybius first sketched in Greek the outlines of universal history. Dionysius of Hali-carnassus explored Roman antiquities. Greek artists and Greek architects thronged the city; but the first, under Roman influence, abandoned the ideal for the...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1897 edition. Excerpt: ...who were not Romans, and of a people who had already become in a great degree emancipated from local sentiments...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:164 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.35 inPublished:April 21, 2013Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217489257

ISBN - 13:9780217489256

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