An Inquiry Into the Credibility of the Early Roman History, Volume 2

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J. W. Parker and son, 1855 - Historiography - 1145 pages

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Page 438 - Laud be to God ! — even there my life must end. It hath been prophesied to me many years, I should not die but in Jerusalem ; Which vainly I supposed the Holy Land. — But bear me to that chamber ; there I'll lie ; In that Jerusalem shall Harry die.
Page 490 - C<esar, ought at once to be admitted as valid and worthy of credence. What Mr. Clinton here calls the early tradition, is in point of fact, the narrative of these early poets. The word tradition is an equivocal word, and begs the whole question ; for while in its obvious and literal meaning it implies only something handed down, whether truth or fiction, — it is tacitly understood to imply a tale descriptive of some real matter of fact, taking its rise at the time when that fact happened, and originally...
Page 254 - Adeo moderatio tuendae libertatis, dum ' aequari velle' simulando ita se quisque extollit ut deprimat alium, in difficili est ; cavendoque ne metuant homines, metuendos ultro se efficiunt ; et injuriam a nobis repulsam, tanquam aut facere aut pati necesse sit, injungimus aliis 3.
Page 45 - Ecce, Sabinorum prisco de sanguine magnum Agmen agens Clausus, magnique ipse agminis instar, Claudia nunc a quo diffunditur et tribus et gens Per Latium, postquam in partem data Roma Sabinis.
Page 48 - The Master of the people, that is, of the burghers, or, as he was otherwise called, the Dictator, was appointed, it is true, for six' months only ; and therefore liable, like the consuls, to be arraigned after the expiration of his office, for any acts of tyranny which he might have committed during its continuance.
Page 497 - Megasthenes and Berosus could only compile from books. The value of the materials which would be in their hands we shall not estimate very highly, when we consider the character of those materials. In the great monarchies of Asia, Oriental history has seldom been faithfully delivered by the Orientals themselves. In the ancient times, before the Greek kingdoms of Asia diffused knowledge and information, it is not likely that history would be undertaken by private individuals. The habits of the people,...
Page 75 - Etruria positum est, aequo et modesto iure agitatum; dein servili imperio patres plebem exercere, de vita atque tergo regio more consulere, agro pellere et ceteris expertibus soli in imperio agere.
Page 457 - One year had passed since his last battle; nearly thirty since he had spared the lives and liberty of two Roman armies, and, unprovoked by the treachery of his enemies, had afterwards set at liberty the generals who were given up into his power as a pretended expiation of their country's perfidy. Such a murder, committed or sanctioned by such a man as Q. Fabius, is peculiarly a national crime, and proves but too clearly that in their dealings with foreigners the Romans had neither magnanimity, nor...
Page 556 - All the historical labour bestowed upon the early centuries of Rome will, in general, be wasted. The history of this period, viewed as a series of picturesque narratives, will be read to the greatest advantage in the original writers, and will be deteriorated by reproduction in a modern dress. If we regard a historical painting merely as a work of art, the accounts of the ancients can only suffer from being retouched by the pencil of the modern restorer.
Page 252 - In primis foedera ac leges — erant autem eae duodecim tabulae et quaedam regiae leges — conquiri, quae conparerent, iusserunt. alia ex eis edita etiam in vulgus ; quae autem ad sacra pertinebant, a pontificibus maxime, ut religione obstrictos haberent multitudinis animos, suppressa.

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