The Complete Works of Lord Byron Including His Lordship's Suppressed Poems with Others Never Before Published Volume 1
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1831 edition. Excerpt: ...of a man who was the ruler of Syracuse and of Sicily, during a period of nearly forty years in the middle of the fourth century of Rome. 38 Diodorus, XV. 14. Pseudo-Aristotle, Pseudo-Aristotle, "Leucothee Graecis, CEconom. II. p. 1349. Ed. Bekker. Matuta vocabere nostris." Ovid, Fasti, 39 "Eal3tr lie roi rfjf Amofleof ftpoS. VI. 545. The history of colonies seldom offers the noblest specimens of national character. The Syracusan people, made state of Syracuse be. t, r. fore the tyranny ot up in the course oi a long alternation oi tyrannies Dionysim. and factions, out of the most various elements, had been bound together by no comprehensive code of laws, and from their very circumstances they could not find a substitute for such a code in the authority of ancient and inherited rites of religion, and of the manners and customs of their fathers. The richer citizens, who often possessed very large fortunes, were always suspected, and probably not without Hermocratea and reason, of aiming at making themselves tyrants; Dkclewhilst the people, possessing actual power, yet feeling that its tenure was precarious, were disposed to be suspicious even beyond measure, and were prone to violence and cruelty. The Athenian invasion, by obliging the Syracusans to fit out a great naval force, had increased, as usual, the power of the poorer classes, ' who always formed the great mass of the seamen in the Greek commonwealths: while on the other hand, although Hermocrates, one of the most eminent of the aristocratical leaders, had personally displayed great courage and ability, and although the cavalry in which the richest citizens served had always acquitted itself well, yet the heavy-armed infantry, which contained the greatest proportion of the...
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