A Short History of the Roman Republic

A Short History of the Roman Republic

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A Short History of the Roman Republic

A Short History of the Roman Republic

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In preparing a short history of the Roman Republic intended for junior students, I have not been contented with a mere abridgement of my larger book on the same subject. Though following in the main the same plan and often using the same words in dealing with the same matters, I have rewritten the whole as a new book. The necessary compression compels omission of many a detail which I would gladly have retained, and references to authorities must be wholly abandoned. In the text I have striven to avoid mentioning unimportant persons by name wherever I could do so without obscuring the sense. It has been my endeavour constantly to bear in mind that the story of republican Rome is only a part (a very significant part) of the general World-history of states ancient and modern. Defective though our tradition often is, the leading facts of the narrative are well-established, and the story they tell is one that no political student can afford to neglect.

In writing for junior students I do not attempt to write down to a supposed childish level of apprehension. Babytalk is rightly resented by young readers who are no longer children, even in England. I have therefore tried to say what I have to say in the plainest language, only avoiding extreme technicalities. As in my larger book, such words as Assembly (a general term including the several kinds of Assemblies), Allies (the Italian socii), Centuries and Tribes (the Roman groups so named), are printed with capital initial letters to indicate that, where thus printed, they are . . .

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