|Author||Alexander Falconer Giles|
|Publication Date||May 20, 2012|
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It advances somewhat in the manner of a widening series of concentric circles; first a single city among a group of kindred communities in theL atin plain bounded by the Tiber, theS abine and Volscian hills, and the Tuscan sea; then a united Latin power, with the city of Rome as its head; then a power embracing the whole of I taly, and extending its control over theM editerranean coast-lands; and, finally, a world-empire, including within its citizenship a great variety of races, united in a common allegiance to the Roman Emperor, and enjoying a common civilisation. In the achievement of this result, which was fully attained by the middle of the third century after Christ, the native Romans took other peoples into partnership with them their near kindred of theL atin stock first of all; then the other races of I taly, Umbrians, Samnites, Etruscans, and Greeks; and then, by a continuous process of enfranchisement, the inhabitants of their conquered territories beyond I taly, inS pain, Gaul, theD anubian lands, Greece and the Graecised eastern countries, and northern A frica. All these peoples, in the end, called themselves Romans, and shared in the benefits and the burdens of the Roman civilisation :thus about the middle of the first century A.D. we find S. Paul, by descent a Jew, by nativity aC ilician ofT arsus, claiming the liberties and privileges of a Roman citizen as his birthright.
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