Ancient and Modern Rome

Ancient and Modern Rome

Ancient and Modern Rome

Ancient and Modern Rome

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When speaking or writing about Greece and Rome, we are apt to be carried away by the fascination of names and places and depict to ourselves an ideal country, or an ideal city, governed by ideal institutions and inhabited by ideal citizens. We are ready to admit nothing short of perfection when the question concerns the physical and moral development of both Greeks and Romans!

Such a conception has no foundation in truth. The institutions were indeed excellent, but the men were not different from us physically and morally, except perhaps as regards the athletic training of the body. As a matter of fact there was the same struggle for life, the same craving for amusements and the same political unrest; the same habit of depending upon the Government for food and clothing; and, strange to say, the same percentage in the number of publicans as compared with the total population.

When we walk through the streets of Pompeii and Ostia, it requires but a little effort of . . .

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