Old Provence

Old Provence

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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. 1905 edition. Excerpt: ...Caelius writes to Cicero "bemoaning his had luck in being sent to Vintimiglia, amidst the snows of the Alps at Christmas time, to quell a riot occasioned by the assassination by adherents of Pompey of one of their citizens for having entertained Julius Caesar on his way to Spain at the outset of the civil war."--Quoted by W. H. (Bullock) Hall in The Romans on the Riviera and the Rhone. Defeated near Mutina, Antony was at once pursued by Decimus Brutus, and fled by way of Vada Sabata across the Maritime Alps towards the Esterels. The coast road he chose must have been particularly arduous and difficult for his disorganized forces and undisciplined followers; for there was hardly any food or water on the way. "Antony," writes Plutarch, "was in misfortune most nearly a virtuous man." Overtaken by famine and by distresses of every kind, he set a splendid example of endurance to his troops. " He who had just quitted so much luxury and sumptuous living, made no difficulty now of drinking foul water and feeding on wild fruits and roots. Nay, it is related, they ate the very bark of trees and creatures that no one before had ever been willing to touch." Even when ameliorated by the repairs which the Massaliots were bound to make upon it, the hardships of the road across the deep gorges of the Esterels, choked with impene-THE RISE OF AUGUSTUS 155 trable thicket, killed off a large proportion of Antony's troops, and it was a miserable, starving remnant which presented themselves on the 15th of May, B.c. 43, at the gates of Forum Julii. There Antony was joined by Ventidius and three legions, and plenty of forage was brought in for the cavalry, while they rested before the meeting with Lepidus, the general in Provence who had assured Cicero so fully of his...
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  • Paperback | 76 pages
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
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  • 1236657985
  • 9781236657985