the roman history from the building of rome to the ruin of the commonwealth

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Pagina 293 - Catiline, by a profound dissimulation, and the constant professions of his innocence, still deceived many of all ranks; representing the whole as the fiction of his enemy Cicero, and offering to give security for his behaviour, and to deliver himself to the custody of any whom the senate would name ; of M. Lepidus, of the...
Pagina 339 - ... the people. But as all Patricians were incapable of the Tribunate, by its original institution so his first step was to make himself a Plebeian by the pretence of an adoption into a Plebeian house, which could not yet be done without the suffrage of the people. This case was wholly new, and contrary to all the forms — wanting every condition, and serving none of the ends which were required in regular adoptions — so that, on the first proposal, it seemed too extravagant to be treated seriously,...
Pagina 251 - ... it is no time to throw away any of the helps which we have, but, by all means possible, to acquire more. The enemy is not on the banks of the Anio, which was thought so terrible in the Punic war, but in the city and the Forum. Good gods! (I cannot speak it without a sigh,) there are some enemies in the very sanc
Pagina 404 - He was sensible of his error when it was too late ; and oft reproaches Atticus, that being a stander-by, and less heated in the game than himself, he would suffer him to make such blunders'.
Pagina 248 - ... who was not either drunk or mad ; for dancing was always the last act of riotous banquets, gay places, and much jollity : that Cato charged him, therefore, with what was the effect of many vices, yet, with none of those, without which that vice could not possibly subsist : with no scandalous feasts, no amours, no nightly revels, no lewdness, no extravagant expense 4.
Pagina 103 - Pornponius, who from his love to Athens, and his spending a great part of his days in it, obtained the surname of Atticus ; and here they revived and confirmed that memorable friendship which subsisted between them through life with so celebrated a constancy and affection.
Pagina 315 - Rome, in the vigor of his age, of a graceful person, lively wit, and flowing eloquence : but, with all the advantages of nature, he had a mind incredibly vicious ; was fierce, insolent, audacious, but, above all, most profligately wicked, an open contemner of gods and men ; disdaining even honors in the common forms of the republic ; nor relishing pleasures, but what were impious, adulterous, incestuous.
Pagina 246 - I promise, citizens, not from any confidence in my own prudence, or from any human counsels, but from the many evident declarations of the gods, by whose impulse I am led into this persuasion ; who assist us, not as they used to do, at a distance, against foreign and remote enemies, but by their present help and protection defend their temples and our houses.
Pagina 132 - And when sedition fires th' ignoble crowd, And the wild rabble storms and thirsts for blood; Of stones and brands, a mingled tempest flies, With all the sudden arms that rage supplies; If some grave sire appears amidst the strife, In morals strict, and innocence of life, All stand attentive, while the sage controls Their wrath, and calms the tempest of their souls.
Pagina 436 - At all events, however, that dear unhappy girl must not take any measures that may injure her conjugal repose,t or affect her in the good opinion of the world. As for my son — let me not at least be deprived of the consolation of folding him for ever in my arms. But I must lay down my pen a few moments : my tears flow too fast to suffer me to proceed. I am under the utmost solicitude, as I know not whether you have been able to preserve any part of your estate, or (what I sadly fear) are cruelly...

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