The Roman History: From the Building of Rome to the Ruin of the Commonwealth ...

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C. J. G. and F. Rivington, 1830 - Rome

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Page 383 - Qui autem requirunt quid quaque de re ipsi sentiamus, curiosius id faciunt quam necesse est; non enim tarn auctoritatis in disputando quam rationis momenta quaerenda sunt. Quin etiam obest plerumque iis qui discere volunt auctoritas eorum qui se docere profitentur; desinunt enim suum iudicium adhibere, id habent ratum quod ab eo quern probant iudicatum vident.
Page 546 - ... the people. But as all Patricians were incapable of the Tribunate, by its original institution, so his first step was to make himself a Plebeian by the pretence of an adoption into a Plebeian house, which could not yet be done without the suffrage of the people. This case was wholly new, and contrary to all the forms ; wanting every condition, and serving none of the ends, which were required in regular adoptions ; so that, on the first proposal, it seemed too extravagant to be treated seriously,...
Page 381 - Orat. 1. 6. 2, 2. himself, therefore, particularly for this, he attended the pleadings of all the speakers of his time ; heard the daily lectures of the most eminent orators of Greece, and was perpetually composing somewhat at home, and declaiming under their correction : and, that he might neglect nothing, which could help in any degree to improve and polish his style, he spent the intervals of his leisure in the company of the ladies ; especially of those who were remarkable for a politeness of...
Page 463 - His parts were but moderate, or rather slow; yet the comeliness of his person, the gracefulness and propriety of his action, the strength and sweetness of his voice, procured him some reputation as a speaker^.
Page 485 - ... it is no time to throw away any of the helps which we have, but, by all means possible, to acquire more. The enemy is not on the banks of the Anio, which was thought so terrible in the Punic war, but in the city and the Forum. Good gods! (I cannot speak it without a sigh,) there are some enemies in the very sanc
Page 378 - The place of his birth was Arpinum ; a city anciently of the Samnites, now part of the kingdom of Naples ; which, upon its submission to Rome, acquired the freedom of the city, and was inserted into the Cornelian tribe. It had the honour also of producing the great C. Marius ; which gave occasion to Pompey to say in a public speech, that Home was indebted to this corporation for two citizens, who had, each in his turn, preserved it from ruin1.
Page 455 - ... by the glory of his great acts. Cicero, though he had a good opinion of his cause, yet detested the inhumanity of his victory, and never speaks of him with respect, nor of his government but as a proper tyranny ; calling him a master of three most pestilent vices, luxury, avarice, cruelty s.
Page 527 - About the time of this trial Cicero bought a house of M. Crassus, on the Palatine hill, adjoining to that in which he had always lived with his father, and which he is now supposed to have given up to his brother Quintus. The house cost him near thirty thousand pounds, and seems to have been one of the noblest in Rome ; it was built about thirty years before by the famous tribune, M. Livius...
Page 389 - L. Otho, for the assignment of distinct seats, in the theatres, to the equestrian order, who used, before, to sit promiscuously with the populace : but, by this law, fourteen rows of benches, next to those of the senators, were to be appropriated to their use ; by which he secured to them, as Cicero says, both their dignity and their pleasure ". The senate obtained the same privilege, of separate seats...

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