I floated down its historic stream in something more than imagination, under bridges built by the Romans
, and repaired by later heroes, past cities and castles whose very names were music to my ears, and each of which was the subject of a legend.
Wopsle, united to a Roman
nose and a large shining bald forehead, had a deep voice which he was uncommonly proud of; indeed it was understood among his acquaintance that if you could only give him his head, he would read the clergyman into fits; he himself confessed that if the Church was "thrown open," meaning to competition, he would not despair of making his mark in it.
The founders of your race are not handed down to you, like the fathers of the Roman
people, as the sucklings of a wolf.
The Achaeans and Aetolians were kept friendly by them, the kingdom of Macedonia was humbled, Antiochus was driven out; yet the merits of the Achaeans and Aetolians never secured for them permission to increase their power, nor did the persuasions of Philip ever induce the Romans
to be his friends without first humbling him, nor did the influence of Antiochus make them agree that he should retain any lordship over the country.
By the assistance of some rudely constructed machinery, the heavily laden basket was now carefully lowered down among the multitude; and, from the giddy pinnacle, the Romans
were seen gathering confusedly round it; but owing to the vast height and the prevalence of a fog, no distinct view of their operations could be obtained.
That lecture of yours on 'The Romans
in Britain,' a report of which you posted to me, set me thinking--in addition to telling me your tastes.
When Tigranes the Armenian, being encamped upon a hill with four hundred thousand men, discovered the army of the Romans
, being not above fourteen thousand, marching towards him, he made himself merry with it, and said, Yonder men are too many for an embassage, and too few for a fight.
Now, if you've known any young people, you won't be shocked if I say that I got into rather a low frame of mind with all this; the frame of mind in which one begins to say that the Ancient Romans
were all very well in their way.
Here is a ragged, oriental-looking Negro from some desert place in interior Africa, filling his goatskin with water from a stained and battered fountain built by the Romans
twelve hundred years ago.
Atheism is the child of Roman
Catholicism--it proceeded from these Romans
themselves, though perhaps they would not believe it.
But Time, though he halted at Roman
walls, soon crumbled Romans
to dust; and on the ground, in later years, fought savage Saxons and huge Danes, until the Normans came.
I mastered the notion of their communism, and approved of their iron money, with the poverty it obliged them to, yet somehow their cruel treatment of the Helots failed to shock me; perhaps I forgave it to their patriotism, as I had to forgive many ugly facts in the history of the Romans
WHILE Norman of Torn and his thousand fighting men marched slowly south on the road toward Dover, the army of Simon de Montfort was preparing for its advance upon Lewes, where King Henry, with his son Prince Edward, and his brother, Prince Richard, King of the Romans
, together with the latter's son, were entrenched with their forces, sixty thousand strong.
From the time that the Romans
left Britain to the time when the Saxons or English were at length firmly settled in the land, many fierce struggles, many stirring events must have taken place.
But the interest of the Romans
in the island was centered on other things than writing, and the great bulk of the Britons themselves seem to have been only superficially affected by the Roman