Anecdotes of the Caesars

Anecdotes of the Caesars

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1862 edition. Excerpt: ... shining light, which shineth more and more unto the perfect day; but those who walk in the ways of sin, will, if they turn not, become daily more wicked, as Nero did, till sudden destruction overtakes them at last. The tutor who took charge of Nero's education in his youth was Seneca, one of tbe most learned and estimable of the heathen philosophers; and we may believe that he would take pains to instruct his pupil in wisdom and virtue, as far as he was acquainted with them. But Nero's mother, Agrippina, was a woman of the most extraordinary wickedness; and she seem to have found it easier to lead her son into vice than Seneca did to teach him wisdom. Nero lost his father when he was very young, and Agrippina soon after married the emperor Claudius, who was of such a very weak mind that she governed him entirely, and forced him to do many cruel actions, which he probably never would have thought of himself. Claudius had a very amiable and interesting son of his own, called Britannicus, whom he loved greatly, and who would naturally be his successor in the Koman empire; but Agrippina insisted that he should prefer Nero, and astonished the Romans by making Claudius declare that her son was to succeed him instead of his own child. Agrippina condemned several people to death who had once been the emperor's favourites, without asking his permission; and she raised all who were her own friends to honour and power. But her chief aim always was to gain entire charge of young Britannicus, whom she pretended to love with the greatest affection, though her secret plan was to destroy him as soon as possible. It is melancholy to think how soon this helpless and unfortunate child fell completely into the hands of his cruel enemy, for the emperor was...show more

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  • Paperback | 44 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 95g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236983823
  • 9781236983824