A History of Greece Volume 4

A History of Greece Volume 4

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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. 1837 edition. Excerpt: ...has been described in the preceding chapter, the time for such an attempt had gone by. The people had been taught that the worst abuses of the old democracy were light in comparison with the excesses of an oligarchical dynasty. Their experience in the artifices of the oligarchical faction led them to consider every limitation of their political privileges as a step toward the bondage from which they had just escaped.1 To part with any portion of their power, and especially to transfer it to the class to which their late oppressors belonged, would at this juncture have been deemed the height of frenzy. The first condition of future prosperity, even in the judgement of upright and enlightened men, was to keep the old constitution entire: the second, to restore it to its primitive purity, and to adopt such precautions as were consistent with its safety, against the abuses which had crept into its practice. Such appears to have been die tone and the feeling which prevailed for some time after the civil war. The termination of the Anarchy--as the year of the Thirty was called, to mark that the Archon was not legally appointed--was to be the beginning of a new period, a reign of law and order, under which the pests which had long afflicted and dishonoured the commonwealth were never to be seen again. Nor were these mere empty professions accompanied by no attempt to carry them into effect. The sincerity of the people's intentions manifested itself, if not in the most judicious manner, yet by several unequivocal proofs. The first object of public attention was the state of the laws. Nicomachus, as we have seen, had not completed bis task, before it was interrupted by the estab 1 A Lreurgna ayi, c Leoer. p 15. nn-uMi Uj M-v W -fl-...show more

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  • Paperback | 160 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 299g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236560485
  • 9781236560483