Excerpt from The History of Rome, Vol. 2: The Foundation of the City Till the Termination of the Eastern Empire
Triumvirate aiming at sovereign authority, and desirous, by depressing the senate and cajoling the people, to extend their own inﬂuence. The senate, equally apprehensive of the three great men whb controlled them, and of the people who opposed them, formed a middle interest between both; and being intent on reestablish ing the aristocracy which had been set up by Sylla, their struggles were dignified with the name, of freedom. The people on the other hand were anxious for liberty, in the most exten sive sense, and, with a fatal blindlwss, only ap prehensive of the invasion of it from the side of the senate, gave all their inﬂuence to the trio m viratey whose promises were as magnificent as their pretences were specious.
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