History of Rome, and of the Roman People; From Its Origin to the Invasion of the Barbarians Volume 5, No. 1

History of Rome, and of the Roman People; From Its Origin to the Invasion of the Barbarians Volume 5, No. 1

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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. 1886 edition. Excerpt: ...biographies of Suetonius, the fragments of Dion, and the abridgments of Aurelius Victor and Eutropius. The majestic stream from which we have drawn, which hitherto flowed with brimming banks, is now only a 1 Suet., Dom. 1. 2 Tac., Hist. iv. 86. slender thread of water. Of all the Emperors, Vespasian is the one who loses the most by this; for he was, says Saint Augustine, a very good prince, and very worthy of being beloved.1 He came into power when he was sixty years old, --an age when a man is no longer given to change. He had never been fond of gaming or debauchery, and he preserved his health by a frugal diet, even passing one day every month without eating. His life was simple and laborious. When Emperor he always employed a portion of the night in public affairs; the elder Pliny and many others came before day to work with him; and finally, Thrasea and Soranus, the most virtuous members of the Senate, were his friends.2 This soldier accustomed to discipline, this man from humble life who had known want, was truly the emperor required by the times. In the imperial palace he made no change in his habits, lived, as before, like a simple private citizen, his door open to all, without remembering injuries,3 and without pride; laughing at those who desired to make out a genealogy for him, and replying to sarcasms by pleasantries which, if coarse, were better certainly than a sentence of exile or of death; capable of gratitude, --a rare thing in a prince; bearing to hear the truth and counsel.4 He gave a magnificent dowry to the daughter of Vitellius, took away none of their paternal estate from the children of those who had fought against him,6 and allowed Mucianus, whom he twice decorated with the consular purple, to assume the tone and manner of a.show more

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  • English
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  • 1236601866
  • 9781236601865