Excerpt from Modern History: From the Coming of Christ, and the Change of the Roman Republic Into an Empire, to the Year of Our Lord 1850
Sylla, having obtained, after his great victories, the Dictatorship for life, proved to the world that Rome could endure a master; like him, Pompey and Julius Caesar successively rendered themselves all-powerful. The violent death of the latter, who was slain in the Senate, augmented, instead of lessening the evil. There were now three competitors for the supreme power: Antony, Lepidus, and the young Octavius, grand-nephew and adopted son of Cesar. During their triumvirate, all in Rome who were most remarkable for their courage and their opposition to tyranny, were destroyed: Cicero was put to death; Brutus and Cassius were defeated at Philippi and with them expired the liberty of the Roman people.
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