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The History of the Life of Marcus Tullius Cicero: In Two Volumes, Volume 1
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Pagina 129 - same course which Rome itself had run before it: from virtuous industry to wealth ; from wealth to luxury; from luxury to an impatience of discipline, and corruption of morals : till, by a total degeneracy and loss of virtue, being grown ripe for destruction, it falls a prey at last to some hardy oppressor, and, with the loss of liberty, losing every thing that is valuable, sinks gradually again into its original barbarism.
Pagina 10 - Greece, and was perpetually composing somewhat at home, and declaiming under their correction : and that he might neglect nothing which could help in any degree to improve and polish his style, he spent the intervals of his leisure in the company of the ladies ; especially of those who were remarkable for a politeness of language, and whose fathers had been distinguished by a fame and reputation of their eloquence.
Pagina 194 - In this uneasy state, both of his publick and private life, Cicero was oppressed by a new and deep affliction, the death of his beloved daughter Tullia; which happened soon after her divorce 'from Dolabella ; whose manners and humours were entirely disagreeable to her.
Pagina 8 - His merit, however, was wholly military, void of every accomplishment of learning, which he openly affected to despise ; s> that Arpinum had the singular felicity to produce the most glorious contemner, as well as the most illustrious improver of the arts and eloquence of Rome.
Pagina 60 - Orusus, contrive it rather so, that all the world may see what I am doing'. It was situated in the most conspicuous part of the city, near to the centre of all business, overlooking the forum and the rostra ; and what made it the more splendid, was its being joined to a portico or colonnade, called by the name of Catulus, who built it out of the Cimbric spoils, on that area where Flaccus formerly lived, whose house was demolished by public authority for his seditious practices with C. Gracchus'.
Pagina 55 - ... speak for himself: upon which Cicero, who was never at a loss, instead of pronouncing the ordinary form of the oath, exalting the tone of his voice, swore out aloud, so as all the people might hear him, that he had saved the republic and the city from ruin; which the...
Pagina 211 - ... devoted himself to the bar, would have been the only man capable of rivalling Cicero. Nor was he a master only of the politer arts, but conversant also with the most abstruse and critical parts of learning; and, among other works which he published, addressed two books to Cicero, on the analogy of language, or the art of speaking and writing correctly. He was a most liberal patron of wit and learning, wheresoever they were found; and out of his love of...
Pagina 13 - Cicero, says Middleton, made it his constant care that the progress of his knowledge should keep pace with the improvement of his eloquence. He considered the one as the foundation of the other, and thought it in vain to acquire ornaments before he had provided necessary furniture. I subjoin the following observations from a MS. in my...
Pagina 201 - It was his custom, in the opportunities of his leisure, to take some friends with him into the country ; where, instead of amusing themselves with idle sports or feasts, their diversions were wholly speculative : tending to improve the mind, and enlarge the understanding. In this manner he now spent five days at his Tusculan Villa, in discussing with his friends the several questions just mentioned : for, after employing the mornings in declaiming and rhetorical exercises...