Ancient Rome: The Lives of Great Men (Illustrated Edition) by Mary Agnes Hamilton

By Mary Agnes Hamilton

First released in 1922. Mary Agnes Hamilton (1882-1966) used to be Member of Parliament for Blackburn from 1929 to 1931. After leaving Newnham university with an Honours measure she started instructing heritage and later took up journalism and politics. She wrote numerous books on quite a few matters all through her life.** [C:\Users\Microsoft\Documents\Calibre Library]

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He was a Greek scholar with a real admiration of Greek literature and art: yet he ransacked the temples and melted down the ornaments and treasures of centuries to make money; cut down the trees of the Sacred Grove of the Academy where Plato had walked with Socrates to make trench props. His ablest officer, Lucius Lucullus, was sent off to collect a fleet, somehow or other. All through the winter and the whole of the next year Athens held out. The next winter came before Mithridates' fleet sailed: it could do nothing till the spring.

In Rome itself there was bitter disunion. When Sulla set sail he knew all this, knew how tremendous a task was before him, and, believing as he did in his star, knew that he would accomplish it. But only he of Romans then living could have done it. Marius, hot-headed always and now old and weakened in will and mind by drink, could not have succeeded. It needed all Sulla's extraordinary coolness, all his iron will. Though he saw that trouble would break out again in Rome as soon as his back was turned, he also saw that the danger from the revolt of Greece and from Mithridates was even more immediate and pressing.

While serving abroad in Spain, Sardinia, and elsewhere, he shared the hardships of his soldiers, and spent his own money in the effort to make their hard lot less severe. Such leisure as he had was occupied in reading. In this way he disciplined and fortified his mind. Moreover, Caius had before him a fixed purpose, a clearly determined work in life. For that he was preparing. One of his weapons was to be the art of speech. He studied, therefore, particularly the works of the great Greek orators.

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