Roman History, the Early Empire; From the Assassination of Julius Caesar to That of Domitian

Roman History, the Early Empire; From the Assassination of Julius Caesar to That of Domitian

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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. 1883 edition. Excerpt: ... in the name of the provincials to bear his heavy grief with patience. The Emperor came back to Rome to find the city decked out in festive guise to greet him like a conquering hero. So, rid at length of all fear of rivalry or moral restraints from his advisers, himseff up to he gave free vent to his desires. Music and hls pleasures' song, the circus and the theatre had been the passion of his childhood; they were now to be the chief object of his life. He shared the tastes of the populace of Rome, and catered for them with imperial grandeur. No cost or care was spared to make the spectacles imposing and worthy of the master of the world. The old national prejudice had looked on the actor's trade as, J drove free almost infamous for freeborn Romans; but bom Romans Nero drove upon the stage citizens of rank, on e stagc' knights and senators of ancient lineage, and made them play and act and dance before the people. The historian Dion Cassius rises from his sober prose almost to eloquence when he describes the descendants of the conquered races pointing the finger at the sons of the great families from which their victors sprung; the Greeks asking with surprise and scorn if that was indeed Mummius, the Spaniards marveling to see a Scipio, the Macedonians an Emilius before them. At last, as if were to cover their disgrace--or, as many thought, to share it--Nero appeared himself in public, and and at last sang and played and acted for the prize, and appeared on, c 1 1 It J-1 it himself, sought the plauaits of the crowd. He did not take it up as the mere pastime of an idle day, but practised and studied in real earnest, showed feverish jealousy of rival actors, and humbly bowed before the judges, as if the contest was a real one. No one might leave...show more

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  • Paperback | 72 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 145g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236647394
  • 9781236647399