The History of Rome, Հատորներ 1-2

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Էջ 55 - ... once to exert themselves no longer against what they call fate, as if thereby they could avenge themselves upon fate ; others grow desponding and hopeless ; but a third class of men will rouse themselves just at such moments, and say to themselves, " The more difficult it is to attain my ends, the more honourable it will be;" and this is a maxim which every one should impress upon himself as a law.
Էջ 287 - When he spoke," says one of them, " it always appeared as if the rapidity with which the thoughts occurred to him, obstructed his power of communicating them in regular order or succession. Nearly all his sentences, therefore, were anacoluths ; for, before having finished one, he began another, perpetually mixing up one thought with another, without producing any one in its complete form. This peculiarity was more particularly striking when he was laboring...
Էջ 200 - Caesar that he did not, like Sulla, think an improvement in the state of public affairs so near at hand or a matter of so little difficulty. The cure of the disease lay yet at a very great distance, and the first condition on which it could be undertaken was the sovereignty of...
Էջ 47 - Martyrum. Such also is the case with the story of Regulus. It surely cannot have been known previously to the time of Polybius ; for had he been acquainted with it, as told by later writers, he would not have passed it over in silence. The common account of the death of Regulus may be effaced from the pages of history without any scruple. It may be, that it was taken from Naevius, for Diodorus was not acquainted with it, as is clear from his fragments. He knew the history of Rome but very imperfectly,...
Էջ 199 - Jwnorum, to the sons of those who had been proscribed in the time of Sulla. He had obtained for himself the title of imperator and the dictatorship for life and the consulship for ten years. Half of the offices of the republic to which persons had before been elected by the centuries were in his gift, and for the other half he usually recommended candidates ; so that the elections were merely nominal. The...
Էջ 30 - ... convenient method of attack, by attributing to the history itself faults which in fact belong only to the historian. After what has been said, it will perhaps be only fair to insert Niebuhr's estimate of Dionysius. " I have been censured," says that writer,i "for wishing to find fault with Dionysius, but assuredly no one feels that respect, esteem, and gratitude towards him which I feel. The more I search the greater are the treasures I find in him. In former times, it was the general belief...
Էջ vii - He certainly believed that he was a most ingenious and virtuous philosopher ; but he acted on the principle that, as far as he himself was concerned, he could dispense with the laws of morality which he laid down for others, and that he might give way to his natural propensities.
Էջ 103 - dramatis personae,' and treats them with a perfect irony. The Greeks in his plays speak out, and are witty as Romans would be. What makes Flautus such a wonderful poet is, that on this slippery ground he always shows the most extraordinary skill in hitting the right point. His language is no less admirable than his poetical skill. If we compare his language with that of his predecessors, we find it greatly altered, enriched, and refined, which is a proof that the language was much cultivated at...
Էջ 47 - Rome's grandeur, and those events which in greatness surpass all others: all this gives to Roman history importance and durability. Hence we find, that in the Middle Ages, when most branches of knowledge were neglected, the history of Rome, although in an imperfect form, was held in high honor. Whatever eminent men appear during the Middle Ages, they all show a certain knowledge of Roman history, and an ardent love of Roman literature. The Revival of Letters was not a little promoted by this disposition...
Էջ 163 - The victory which the rebels had thus gained was followed by the wildest cruelties. Marius had a body-guard of slaves, whom he sent out to murder those whom he wished to get rid of. In this manner all the most distinguished persons of...

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