The Decline of the Roman Republic - Vol. 1

The Decline of the Roman Republic - Vol. 1

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The Decline of the Roman Republic - Vol. 1

The Decline of the Roman Republic - Vol. 1

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This volume contains a history of Rome from the destruction of Carthage to the end of the war with Jugurtha. It is my intention to continue the history to the end of the Civil Wars.

It is probable that the Second Volume will contain the history of the same number of years as the first, and thus the two volumes will comprehend a period for which the evidence is deficient, and also frequently of little value. The chief authorities are stated at the head of each chapter of the Table of Contents, and the value of the authorities is estimated in the work as the occasions require.

The Epitome of Livy informs us of the most important facts which were contained in the books that have perished. Freinsheim composed a Supplement to Livy, and he comprised in each book of his Supplement the events which the corresponding book of the Epitome has briefly recorded. He made up for the defects of the Epitome by collecting facts from all the extant authorities. His Supplement is a work of great labour and it is well executed. It is written in Latin, and generally in a clear and intelligible style; and though it is a very imperfect substitute for Livy, it probably contains nearly all the facts which the original contained and some also that Livy may have omitted. I do not know if there is any edition of Freinsheim’s Supplement which contains the references to the numerous authorities that he has used. My edition does not contain these references, and it was very laborious to discover the evidence for all that Freinsheim has written. I have however discovered nearly all the original passages, and I have found that Freinsheim has used them . . .

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