History of Rome, and of the Roman People; From Its Origin to the Invasion of the Barbarians Volume 4, No. 2

History of Rome, and of the Roman People; From Its Origin to the Invasion of the Barbarians Volume 4, No. 2

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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. 1894 edition. Excerpt: ...in his time against improper language spoken or written,2 and the Romans took delight in satire: Pasquino and Marforio are old inhabitants of Rome. The inveterate habit of exaggerated speech created many culprits; needy rapacity and oratorical vanity, stimulated in the schools and prohibited in the Forum, made many accusers. A successful accusation brought profit and honor. The law, in the first place, granted to him who had avenged it a share in the property of the condemned man;3 and frequently the Senate added a large reward, the Emperor bestowed honors, and the whole city its applause. The future opened prosperously to the fortunate prosecutor; all things were offered him, --fortune and dignities. Thus, as men's servility and as their desires increased, cases which rendered men guilty multiplied; the law punished not words only, but a gesture, an involuntary forgetfulness, an indiscreet curiosity: to consult an astrologer on the duration of the ruler's life implied criminal hopes. Even the statue of the Emperor participated in the same inviolability; woe to him who sells it with the field in which it stands, who throws a stone at it, who takes away its head, or melts the mutilated and worthless bronze!4 If we consider these accusations ridiculous, we shall do well to remember what for so many years constituted high treason in England, and how dear it cost men in Scotland and Ireland to drink to the health of the Stuarts. Every age has constituted, now in the name of the state or the ruler, now in the name of religion, certain crimes which later ages have ceased to recog 1 The expression used by Livy is very general: Si quis... tribunis nocuisset. 2 Tac., Ann. i. 72; Suet., Octav. 51; Sen., De Benef. iii. 27. The Julian law reckoned...show more

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  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 204g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236895282
  • 9781236895288