The Life of Marcus Tullius Cicero, Band 1

Vernor and Hood, 1804

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Seite 191 - Italy ; but he had actually enlisted a considerable body of them in Etruria, and formed them into a little army under the command of Manlius, a centurion of considerable military experience, who was only waiting for his orders.
Seite 210 - Catiline's treason, instead of seizing him in the city, not only suffered but urged his escape, and forced him as it were to begin the war. But there was good reason for what he did, as he frequently intimates in his speeches ; he had many enemies among the nobility, and Catiline many secret friends ; and though he was perfectly informed of the whole progress and extent of the plot, yet the proofs being not ready to be laid before the public, Catiline's dissimulation still prevailed, and persuaded...
Seite 363 - Clodius procured a law, importing, that whoever had taken the life of a citizen uncondemned and without a trial, should be prohibited from fire and water.
Seite 42 - ... the air, the sun, the water, and the earth ; that he who had destroyed the author of his being, should lose the benefit of those elements whence all things derive their being. They would not throw him to the beasts, lest the contagion of such wickedness should make the beasts themselves more furious ; they would not commit him naked to the stream, lest he should pollute the very sea, which...
Seite 201 - Yet, if the greatest was sure to befall me, it was always my persuasion, that envy acquired by virtue was really glory, not envy.
Seite 182 - This practice, though in use from the earliest times, had always been complained of by the tribunes, as an infringement of the constitution, by giving to the senate an arbitrary power over the lives of citizens, which could not legally be taken away without a hearing and judgment of the whole people. But the chief grudge to it was, from its being a perpetual check to the designs of the ambitious and popular, who aspired to...
Seite 218 - The examples of this kind will be more or lefs frequent in ftates, in proportion as the public good happens to be the ruling principle ; for that is a bond of union too firm to be broken by any little differences about the meafures of purfuing it : but where private ambition and party zeal have the afcendant, there every oppofition muft...
Seite 168 - ... his first care, after their election, was to gain the confidence of Antonius, and to draw him from his old engagements to the interests of the Republic ; being convinced that all the success of his administration depended upon it. He began therefore to tempt him by a kind of argument, which seldom fails of its effect with men of his character, the offer of power to his ambition, and of money to his pleasures : with these baits he caught him ; and a bargain was presently agreed upon between them,...
Seite 27 - The obscurity of his extraction, which depressed him with the nobility, made him the greater favorite of the people; who, on all occasions of danger, thought him the only man, fit to be trusted with their lives and fortunes ; or to have the command of a difficult and desperate war : and, in truth, he twice delivered them from the most desperate, with which they had ever been threatened by a foreign enemy.

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