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The Roman history

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Pages: 510

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

By: Nathaniel Hooke

Excerpt from book: allow me to add, that I imagine I do give a proof of that esteem, when I inscribe to you this attempt towards a History of Roman virtue and patriotism. No consideration, I hope, could engage me to it, if I were not persuaded that you really are, what your writings declare you to be, a friend to virtue, to your country, and to the liberties of mankind. I am, with sincerity and affection, Your most faithful humble servant, N. HOOKE. chapter{Section 4PREFACE. The compendious History of the regal and consular states of Rome, by Mr. Echard, and a translation of the extensive one, written in French, by the Jesuit- fathers, Catrou and Rouille, were the only general accounts which (unmixed with foreign matters) had been given of them, in our language, when the present work was first offered to the public. In the structure of it, the author had an especial regard to those persons who, wishing to be acquainted with the Roman story by reading it in English, found Mr. Echard too brief to satisfy their curiosity, and the Jesuits too diffuse and verbose to engage their attention agreeably. Not long after its coming abroad, the well known and much esteemed MonsieurRollin, who, by the solicitation of his friends and admirers, had been prevailed with, in his old age, to undertake a History of Rome from the building of the city to the battle of Actium, obliged the public with a part of what he had executed. Death prevented his prosecution of the work to its completion: but it has since been continued and finished by the ingenious and industrious Monsieur Crevier: and the whole is translated into English. Had M. Rollin, who not only has avoided, in his relations, the extremes above-mentioned, but has drawn his historical matter (for the most part) from the ancient Greek and Latin aut...  

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