The Founding of the Roman Empire

The Founding of the Roman Empire

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The Founding of the Roman Empire

The Founding of the Roman Empire

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The first chapter of this work was originally read as a paper before the American Historical Association and was published in their proceedings for 1913. It has, however, been extensively revised and in part rewritten.

The general purpose of the work will, I hope, be sufficiently clear, but there are one or two matters to which it might be well to call attention. My quotations from Cicero's letters are all taken from Shuckburgh's translation. Not only is this version the work of an eminent scholar, but it seems to me especially excellent for the manner in which it has reproduced in English the style and flavor of Cicero's Latin. A few experiments convinced me that I could not improve on Shuckburgh's rendering, and I have therefore been content to adopt it. Needless to say, I have carefully compared the translation with the original text and In a few cases I have ventured to differ from Shuckburgh and to modify his rendering of the passage in question. Where such changes have been made, I have called attention to it in the notes, except in one or two cases where the alterations were very slight and trivial, or such as will necessarily arise in quotation. There are one or two other cases where I have quoted from modern translations for special reasons. For example, in the quotation from Hirtius on the siege of Uxellodunum I have taken the English version of Edwards because he holds the same view as to the date intended as Holmes, from which view I am inclined to dissent . . .

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