The Student's Manual Of Ancient History

Paperback | January 31, 2012

byWilliam Cooke Taylor

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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. 1870. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XVIL HISTORY OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE. Section I. The Reigns of the Family of the Casart. FROM B.C. 30 TO A.D. 68. HTHOUGH the battle of Ac'tium made Octavius Csesar sole sove-L reign of the empire, the forma of the republic were faithfully preserved; the senate sat as a council of state, and, though little weight was attached to its deliberations, the freedom of speech and comment preserved the government from sinking into absolute despotism. With supreme power, Octavius, or Augus'tas, as he was about this time named by the senate, assumed an entirely new character; the cruelty with which he may be justly reproached in the early part of his career disappeared; he became a mild and merciful ruler, truly anxious to ensure the happiness of the people intrusted to his charge. Under such a benignant administration, the Romans ceased to regret their ancient freedom, if, indeed, such a term can be applied to the oppressive government established by the aristocracy during the preceding century; and before the close of the first emperor's reign, the last traces of the republican spirit had disappeared. It is said that Augus'tus at first wished to resign his power, after the example of Syl'la; but was dissuaded by his friends Agrip'pa and Mecse'nas, who represented to him, with great truth, that the Roman state could no longer be governed by its old constitution, and that he would retire only to make room for another master. He went through the form, however, of an abdication in the senate; but, on the urgent request of that body, he resumed his sway; instead, however, of taking the supreme authority for life, he would only accept it for a term of ten years. This example was followed by the succeeding emperors, and gave rise to the sacra decenndlia, festivals c...

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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. 1870. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XVIL HISTORY OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE. Section I. The Reigns of the Family of the Casart. FROM B.C. 30 TO A.D. 68. HTHOUGH ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:218 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.46 inPublished:January 31, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217899250

ISBN - 13:9780217899253

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