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E. LITTELL, CHESTNUT STREET, PHILADELPHIA.

G. & C. CARVILL, BROADWAY, NEW YORK.

1827.

KE 3 1705

HARVARD COLLEGE LIBRARY

FROM THE LIERARY OF MEHV VALLIAMSON HAYNES

IWNE 13, 1927

James Kay, Jun. Printer, S. E. Corner of Race & Sixth Streets,

Philadelphia.

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PREFACE.

THERE are few subjects on which a greater number of

a laborious volumes have been compiled, than the History and Antiquities of Rome. Everything connected with its foreign policy and civil constitution, or even with the domestic manners of its citizens, has been profoundly and accurately investigated. The mysterious origin of Rome, veiled in the wonders of mythological fable—the stupendous increase of its power, rendered yet more gigantic by the mists of antiquity-its undaunted heroes, who seem to us like the genii of some greater world—its wide dominion, extended over the whole civilized globe-and, finally, its portentous fall, which forms, as it were, the separation between ancient and modern times, have rendered its civil and military history a subject of prevailing interest to all enlightened nations. But, while its warlike exploits, and the principles of its political institutions, have been repeatedly and laboriously investigated, less attention, perhaps,

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