History of Rome; And of the Roman People, from Its Origin to the Invasion of the Barbarians Volume 5, PT. 2
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. 1886 edition. Excerpt: ...the disorders which followed the death of Nero, no civil wars; in the cities, no outbreaks. Rendered content with the existing social order by the advantages of clientship, with the municipal institutions by the habits of benevolence or the ostentatious beneficence of the rich, with the Empire by the prosperity which arose out of the development of industry, trade. public works, and colonization, the populacelhad no wish to disturb that twofold aristocracy of birth and wealth which filled all the public offices, paying in lavish FELICITY. I--ESTIVITY.1 1 FELICITATI AVG. COS. III. P. P. Vessel with rowers. IlILARita.s Pontifex Maximus TER COS. Silver coins. gifts for the gratification of its power and its pride. Hadrian's reign is the culminating point of this prosperity, in which, thanks to him, his successor could keep the world; and--an exception to the general rule--his contemporaries, if not at Rome, at least in the provinces, were aware of this and were grateful for it. Among the twelve hundred coins and medals which are known to be of Hadrian's time,1 very many were the expression of official flattery; but doubtless some of them reflected the true feeling of the people, --those, for example, which bore the inscription, Felicitati Aug. 011 one of these coins Hadrian and Public Felicity, both standing up, are holding hands;2 on another, Festivity (Hilaritas P. R.), represented by a fair young woman, puts aside with her hands the veil from her face, that the joy of the Roman people may be seen, --pleasing signs, in which all was surely not deception. Could Hadrian have done more? We have made it a cause of blame, in the case of the first Emperor, when he was " master of the world's game," that he did not...
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