When the course of history turns from the miserable monotony of the political selfishness, which fought its battles in the senate-house and in the streets of the capital, to the matters of greater importance than the question whether the first monarch of Rome should be called Gnaeus, Gains, or Marcus, we may well be allowed - on the threshold of an event, the effects of which still at the present day influence the destinies of the world - to look round us for a moment, and to indicate the point of view under which the conquest of what is now France by the Romans, and their first contact with the inhabitants of Germany and of Great Britain, are to be apprehended in their bearing on the general history of the world.
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