The History of Rome


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Author  Theodor Mommsen
Publisher  IndyPublish
Publication Date   June 5, 2006
ISBN  1428004963
Pages  446

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Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1894. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VL rem Attkupt Of Marius At Revolution And Thk Attbkh OF DRVSUS AT REFORM. Qaiuh Marius, the son of a poor day-labourer, was borr14t in 599 at the village of Cereatae then belonging M*riu*- to Arpinum, which afterwards obtained municipal rights as Cereatae Marianae and still at the present day bears the name of " Marius' home" (Casamare). He was reared at the plough, in circumstances so humble that they seemed to preclude him from access even to the magistracies of Arpinum: he learned early--what he practised afterwards even when a general--to bear hunger and thirst, the heat of summer and the cold of winter, and to sleep on the hard ground. As soon as his age allowed him, he had entered the army and in the severe school of the Spanish wars had rapidly raised himself to the position of an officer. In Scipio's Numantine war he, at that time twentythree years of age, attracted the notice of the stern general by the neatness with which he kept his horse and his accoutrements, as well as by his bravery in combat and his propriety of demeanour in camp. He had returned home with honourable scars and warlike distinctions, and with the ardent wish to make himself a name in the career on which he had gloriously entered; but, as matters then stood, a man of even the highest merit could not attain those political offices, which alone led to the higher military posts, without wealth and without connections. The young officer acquired both by fortunate commercial speculations and by his union with a maiden of the ancient patrician gens of the Julii. So by dint of great efforts and aftef U4 various rejections he succeeded, in 639, in at taining the praetorship, in which he found oppor tunity of displaying afresh his military ability as governor of Further Spain. How he thereafter in spite...

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