Ancient Rome: The Lives of Great Men (Illustrated Edition) by Mary Agnes Hamilton

By Mary Agnes Hamilton

First released in 1922. Mary Agnes Hamilton (1882-1966) was once Member of Parliament for Blackburn from 1929 to 1931. After leaving Newnham university with an Honours measure she all started instructing background and later took up journalism and politics. She wrote a great number of books on various topics all through her life.** [C:\Users\Microsoft\Documents\Calibre Library]

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To him the ancient ways alone seemed right. He modelled his own life and actions so far as he could upon the heroes of the past, especially on those like Cincinnatus, who were noted for their simplicity and frugality. Cincinnatus, though he had held the highest offices in Rome, was found driving his own plough by those who came from Rome in an hour of peril to ask him to take over the highest power in the State. So Cato kept his dress, the furnishings of his house and CHAPTER III 35 table, and everything about him as plain as those he might have had in the days when every one was poor.

A new tribune was elected in his stead. Amid great rejoicing the Land Bill was passed. The landlords were full of a deep bitterness against Tiberius and accused him of all kinds of things. They said that he wanted to upset the State and tear up the laws because he had passed a Bill taking from them a portion of their lands which had never really belonged to them. He, however, went quietly on with his work. A committee was set up, on which were both Tiberius and his brilliant young brother Caius, to divide the common land and give it out in lots to the citizens who needed and could work it.

Rome's power and name in the East had been saved, at a price. The treaty could not stand, but for the moment it was necessary. Sulla could turn to saving Rome at home. Fimbria's army began to desert to him. Fimbria in despair killed himself. Sulla spent the next year in preparations for his own return in Rome. Carbo, who had succeeded Cinna, was as bitter against him as Cinna had been. CHAPTER III 44 After a year in Asia collecting the taxes, not paid for the last four years, Sulla landed at Brundisium (83) with a well-filled treasury and a devoted army.

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