Livy

Paperback | May 20, 2014

byWilliam Lucas Collins

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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. 1876 edition. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER III GROWTH OF THE REPUBLIOL (books Ii.-hi. B.o. 509-449.) We are j'et on no safe historic ground. The early annals of the Republic, from whatever sources our author derived them--oral tradition, poetical romance, or prose chronicle--are manifestly as full of legends as those of the Kings. We have to receive with much caution the remarks with which Livy introduces this new period--that the birth of Roman liberty (for such he considers it) came at exactly the right moment; that the kings had done their work in the foundation and enlargement of the city; and that for the people of Rome in their ruder state such liberty would have been premature. Livy is at no' time a philosophical historian, and his grounds for the conclusion in this case are so uncertain, that its value is not great. We have still to follow his narrative--with what faith we may. The house of the Tarquins were banished from the Roman territory; their property was confiscated; their land, which lay between the city and the Tiber, was consecrated to Mars, and became the Campus THE FIRST CONSULS. 31 Martius; and from that time forth the bitterest accusation that could be brought against a Roman citizen was that he sought to make himself a " king." Lucius Junius Brutus and Tarquinius Collatinus were at once elected chief magistrates by the assembled people; and the annalist gives them the style and title of "Consuls"--an office which survived in name at Rome even nnder its emperors, long after its real authority had ceased.* But so strong was the public feeling against the whole name and race of the tyrants --" who had made of Roman citizens," men said, "labourers and stone-cutters instead of warriors," and had slain their good king Servius--that Collatinus found his...

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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. 1876 edition. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER III GROWTH OF THE REPUBLIOL (books Ii.-hi. B.o. 509-449.) We are j'et on no safe historic ground. The ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:108 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.22 inPublished:May 20, 2014Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217858643

ISBN - 13:9780217858649

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