The Son of a Star; A Romance of the Second Century Volume 1

The Son of a Star; A Romance of the Second Century Volume 1

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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. 1888 edition. Excerpt: ... the fact, and his own duty, servitude of servitudes, confirms it. Side by side with him this man Akiba is a king to a slave.' Servien is at heart as just and gentle a man as a Roman soldier can bo, but ho revolts up to the point of the worst cruelty against the men and women who are so obstinate and rebellious towards Roman rule and their own good. Should any one tell Servien that liberty does not mean mere permission to enjoy what a conquering race in its generosity or, may be, its policy permits to a conquered race; should any wise and far-seeing man tell Servien that this question of liberty is entirely a racial question, and that a Jew can no more conform to Roman rule than a Roman could conform to Jewish; did any one show to Servien that if he, Servien and all his brethren, were under the dominion of Akiba as the Jewish Emperor of the world, he and they would be precisely what he and they now detest, men everlastingly plotting to free themselves from the dominion that is held over them, he would not listen to such arguments; they would be too impractical and too absurd. ' Nonsense, .' he would say, ' these people I am set to govern are false, by nature, to all except themselves. They are, by the side of us rulers, a degraded sect, dissatisfied with Caesar and with everything. Coerce them, coax them as much as you may, they are still ready to rise if you take off an ounce weight of the required repression. Give them their wish to govern themselves, and they will merely quarrel amongst themselves and invite us to rule them again. They are not capable of self-government; and shall we dismember the empire of the world to please some five millions of such a race? Ridiculous idea! Let Rome and Caesar reign for ever. By means fair or foul Rome has...show more

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  • Paperback | 156 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 290g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236665147
  • 9781236665140