History of the Later Roman Commonwealth: From the End of the Second Punic War to the Death of Julius Caesar; and of the Reign of Augustus: with a Life of Trajan, Volume 2

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B. Fellows, 1845 - Emperors - 476 pages

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Page 391 - Nam mihi continuo major quaerenda foret res, Atque salutandi plures ; ducendus et unus Et comes alter, uti ne solus rusve peregreve Exirem : plures calones atque caballi Pascendi ; ducenda petorrita. Nunc mihi curto Ire licet mulo, vel, si libet, usque Tarentum, Mantica cui lumbos onere ulceret, atque eques armos.
Page 317 - If this be so, the victory of Arminius Ac -32 to deserves to be reckoned among those signal deliverances which have affected for centuries the happiness of mankind; and we may regard the destruction of Quintilius Varus, and his three legions, on the banks of the Lippe, as second only in the benefits derived from it to the victory of Charles Martel at Tours, over the invading host of the Mohammedans.
Page 104 - Brutus was sent to call on him, and to persuade him to attend the senate by urging to him the offence that he would naturally give if he appeared to slight that body at the very moment when they were preparing to confer on him the title of king. Decimus Brutus visited Caesar, and being entirely in his confidence, his arguments were listened to, and Caesar set out about eleven o'clock to go to the senate house.
Page 383 - The provinces of Macedonia and Achaia, when they petitioned for a diminution of their burdens, in the reign of Tiberius, were considered so deserving of compassion that they were transferred for a time from the jurisdiction of the Senate to that of the Emperor, (as involving less heavy taxation.)
Page 381 - Augustus was one of great desolation and distress It had suffered severely by being the seat of the successive civil wars between Caesar and Pompey, between the triumvirs and Brutus and Cassius, and, lastly, between Augustus and Antonius. Besides, the country had never recovered the long series of miseries which had succeeded and accompanied its conquest by the Romans ; and between those times and the civil contest between...
Page 381 - Triumvirs and Brutus and Cassius, and lastly between Augustus and Antonius. Besides, the country had never recovered the long series of miseries which had preceded and accompanied its conquest by the Romans; and between those times and the civil contest between Pompey and Caesar, it had again been exposed to all the evils of war when Sylla was disputing the possession of it with the generals of Mithridates. In the time of Augustus therefore it presented a mournful picture of ruin. If we go through...
Page 86 - ... he forbade them acting any more as tribunes, and expelled them from the senate, deploring, at the same time, we are told, his own hard fortune in being thus obliged either to do violence to the clemency of his nature, or to suffer his dignity to be compromised. It is added, that...
Page 36 - ... take a lively interest in the fate of those who were escaping by sea from Utica, and by sending several times to the sea-side to learn the state of the wind and of the weather.
Page 132 - Balbus, Hirtius, Oppius, Matius, and by their friends in general. Assassination is a crime which, when once practised or defended by a political party, must render it impossible for their opponents to trust them again ; and while Caesar's friends regarded the late dictator as the victim of his own unsuspecting confidence, they naturally imagined that the conspirators and their friends assumed the language of moderation only whilst they were overawed by the populace and the veterans 49 ; and' that...
Page 407 - Like his uncle, he was strongly tinged with superstition ; he was very much afraid of thunder and lightning, and always carried about with him a sealskin, as a charm against its power ; notwithstanding which, in any severe storm, he was accustomed to hide himself in a chamber in the centre of his house, to be as much out of the way of it as possible ; add to which, he was a great observer of dreams, and of lucky and unlucky days.<* He neither slighted his own dreams, nor those of other people relating...

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