School History of Rome, from the Foundation of the City to the Extinction of the Empire of the West

School History of Rome, from the Foundation of the City to the Extinction of the Empire of the West

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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. 1878 edition. Excerpt: ...than ever among the ignorant. In the midst of a society thus hastening to dissolution, Catilina moved about with agitated gait, his eyes blood-shot, his visage ashy pale, maturing his schemes of blood. Involved in ruinous debt, his last hope' of extrication had been the plunder of a province. The spoils of his prsEtorship had been wrested from him, and access to the consulship denied him. But he trusted to his rank to shield him, and with unblushing effrontery sought the aid of men of the highest family. The young prodigals called for new tables, or the abolition of debts, and after that they would rush gayly into a revolution, and divide the public offices among them. Among these desperate plotters were two nephews of Sulla, and two members of the Cornelian house, Lentulus and Cethegus; even the actual consul, Antonins, was suspected of being privy to their designs. They counted on the support of the men who had been ruined by Sulla, and on the readiness of the rabble to join in tumult and pillage. They expected, too, the armed assistance of the veterans who had already squandered their estates, and of the Italians who still cherished their hostility to Rome. They proposed to enlist the gladiators of Capua, and some would even arm a new insurrection of slaves and criminals; but to this last enormity Catilina would not consent. Some of the optimates watched the coming storm with secret satisfaction. They were eager for an opportunity to resume some of the power they had surrendered to Pompeius, and to let their great patron know that, in his absence, they could still save and rule the State without him. They proposed to make Cicero consul, and to use him as their instrument in restoring their own ascendency. He had been praetor in the year 65, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 174 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 322g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236566300
  • 9781236566300