New PDF release: Ancient Rome: The Lives of Great Men (Illustrated Edition)

By Mary Agnes Hamilton

ISBN-10: 140686949X

ISBN-13: 9781406869491

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

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The men of this class grew rich. They went out to the provinces, to Sicily, Greece, and Spain, as governors and made great fortunes. They came home with their riches and bought up the land that had once belonged to peasants and farmers, and worked this land with slaves. The condition of these slaves in the country was miserable, especially that of those who lived herded in camps. The greed of the agents of the tax-collecting companies made the Roman name hated in the provinces. In Italy, too, there was deep discontent.

He saw, as Marius did not or could not see, that at this terrible moment the fate of Rome trembled in the balance. Italy lay torn and exhausted by civil war. Agriculture had been ruined, thousands slain, and business of all kinds was at a standstill. The war in the East shook the very life of the Republic to its foundations. Rome lived, as London lives, on trade and supplies from overseas. They were stopped. There was a money panic. The danger was the greater that the revolt against Rome, both in Italy and in Asia, Greece, and elsewhere, had right on its side.

Sulla had left the riots and disorders of Rome to go to his army at Nola. There he received the order to hand over the command to Marius. If Marius expected him to obey he had misread the character of the man he hated. Sulla's answer was to march upon Rome at the head of his legions. There he was welcomed by the remnant of the Senate as the restorer of law and order. Marius fled. [Illustration: SULLA from a coin] Of the sudden rise of Sulla, Plutarch gives the following account: Sulla Felix In the long Social War, with all its vicissitudes and disasters, and dangers that threatened the safety of Rome, Marius could achieve nothing great, and merely proved that military excellence demands physical strength and vigour, while Sulla by many notable victories gained the reputation of a great general with the people, of the greatest of generals with his friends, and of the most fortunate with his enemies.

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