The Second Punic War

The Second Punic War

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The Second Punic War

The Second Punic War

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The present volume consists of Chapters XLII.- XLVII. of the third volume of Dr.Arnold's History of Rome. It is thus a fragment — but a particularly rounded and complete one — of a work which was itself left a fragment by Dr. Arnold's death. Dr. Arnold, as is well known, had intended to bring his history down "to the revival of the Western Empire, "in the year 800 of the Christian era, by the corona"tion of Charlemagne at Rome," and some of the best chapters in his second volume — those in which he casts a glance over the face of that Europe which was shortly to become Roman — were due to that intention. They were meant to be preparatory to the picture he was to draw of the provinces under the Imperial rule. I have therefore felt less hesitation in isolating this fragment of a fragment than I should have felt if Dr. Arnold had been able to finish his work, if he had been able to shape the whole story into an organic unity, and if therefore such a selection as I have made had necessarily borne the character of a mutilation.

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