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The Roman history from the foundation of Rome to the battle of Actium

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Pages: 266

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Publisher: Date:8/4/2009 - General Books LLC

By: Charles Rollin

Excerpt from book: l And it was this good understanding and unanimity that rendered the commonwealth always invincible, and occasioned the conftant fuccefs of its enterprizes. Ic was this fame conftitution of the Rorrun government, that ftill fupported the commonwealth, and caufed it to fubfift for feme time, even when the citizens, delivered irom the fear of foreign enemies, grown haughty and infolent from their yuftpries, enervated by riches and voluptuoufnefs, and corrupted by praifes and flattery, began to abufe their power, and to commit a thoufand violences and oppreffions. For in that ftate of things, the authority of the Senate, and that of the People, being always counterbalanced by each other, when the one attempted to exalt itfelf, the other immediately united all its forces to pull it down, and keep il within due bounds. Thus by this reciprocal equality, and balance of power and credit, the commonwealth, whilft it fubfiftcd, retained its (iberty and jndependance. SECT. IL Reflexions upon Livy's Harangues. LIVY, principally on the occafion of the differences between the Senate and People, repeats the fpeeches made on both fides, which are paflages of confummate eloquence. Many, who want neither tafte nor capacity, are offended at the length of this kind of harangues, which occur from time to time in our hiftorian. To judge rightly of them, in my opinion, it is but juft to place ourfelves in the country and ages in queftion, tofet before our eyes their manners and cuftoms, and to call to mind the methods Vf I . I .. . i . . in which the public affairs were tranfafted at Rome. I (hall repeat fome examples of them in this place, which will fet the thing in a clearer light. The Military Tribunes, having changed the fiege of Veii into a blockade, refolved to make ...  


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