- 1 - Chapter 1. Once upon a Time
- 2 - Chapter 2. How the Shepherds Began the City
- 3 - Chapter 2. How the Shepherds Began the City - Continued (1)
- 4 - Chapter 3. How Corinth Gave Rome a New Dynasty
- 5 - Chapter 4. The Rise of the Commons
- 6 - Chapter 5. How a Proud King Fell
- 7 - Chapter 6. The Roman Runnymede
- 8 - Chapter 7. How the Heroes Fought for a Hundred Years
- 9 - Chapter 7. How the Heroes Fought for a Hundred Years – Continued (1)
- 10 - Chapter 8. A Blast from Beyond the North Wind
- 11 - Chapter 9. How the Republic Overcame its Neighbours
- 12 - Chapter 10. An African Sirocco
- 13 - Chapter 10. An African Sirocco – Continued (1)
- 14 - Chapter 11. The New Pushes the Old -- Wars and Conquests
- 15 - Chapter 12. A Futile Effort at Reform
- 16 - Chapter 13. Social and Civil Wars
- 17 - Chapter 14. The Master-Spirits of this Age
- 18 - Chapter 15. Progress of the Great Pompey
- 19 - Chapter 16. How the Triumvirs Came to Untimely Ends
- 20 - Chapter 16. How the Triumvirs Came to Untimely Ends – Continued (1)
- 21 - Chapter 17. How the Republic Became an Empire
- 22 - Chapter 18. Some Manners and Customs of the Roman People
- 23 - Chapter 18. Some Manners and Customs of the Roman People – Continued (1)
- 24 - Chapter 19. The Roman Reading and Writing
- 25 - Chapter 19. The Roman Reading and Writing – Continued (1)
- 26 - Chapter 20. The Roman Republicans Serious and Lively
- 27 - Chapter 20. The Roman Republicans Serious and Lively – Continued (1)
- 28 - Chapter 21. The Julian Emperors
- 29 - Chapter 22. The Claudian Emperors
- 30 - Chapter 23. The Flavian Emperors
- 31 - Chapter 24. The Next Five Emperors
- 32 - Chapter 25. Period of Military Despotism -- Decline of the Empire
- 33 - Chapter 26. Invasions and Distribution of the Barbarians
Bust of Julius Caesar, Dictator of Rome from 49 BC to his assassination in 44 BC.
This title discusses the history of Rome, from its beginning in the mists of myth and fable, right through to the end of the Western Roman Empire in 476 AD.
As one surveys this marvellous vista from the vantage-ground of the present, attention is fixed first upon a long succession of well-authenticated facts, which are shaded off in the dim distance, and finally lost in the obscurity of unlettered antiquity. The flesh and blood heroes of the more modern times regularly and slowly pass from view, and in their places the unsubstantial worthies of dreamy tradition start up. The transition is so gradual, however, that it is at times impossible to draw the line between history and legend. Fortunately for the purposes of this volume it is not always necessary to make the effort. The early traditions of the Eternal City have so long been recounted as truth that the world is slow to give up even the least jot of them, and when they are disproved as fact, they must be told over and over again as story.
Roman history involves a narrative of social and political struggles, the importance of which is as wide as modern civilisation, and they must not be passed over without some attention, though in the present volume they cannot be treated with the thoroughness they deserve. The story has the advantage of being to a great extent a narrative of the exploits of heroes, and the attention can be held almost the whole time to the deeds of particular actors who successively occupy the focus or play the principal parts on the stage. In this way the element of personal interest, which so greatly adds to the charm of a story, may be infused into the narrative.
It is hoped to enter to some degree into the real life of the Roman people, to catch the true spirit of their actions, and to indicate the current of the national life, while avoiding the presentation of particular episodes or periods with undue prominence. It is intended to set down the facts in their proper relation to each other as well as to the facts of general history, without attempting an incursion into the domain of philosophy.
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