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The Philippics

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Marcus Tullius Cicero


A philippic is a fiery, damning speech delivered to condemn a particular political actor. The term originates with Demosthenes, who delivere…

Marcus Licinius Crassus pt 1

In Parallel Lives of the Noble Greeks and Romans Vol. 3

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Plutarch/Perrin and Lucius Mestrius Plutarchus


Parallel Lives of the Noble Greeks and Romans is a series of biographies of famous men, arranged in tandem to illuminate their common moral …

Chapter 7, part 1-3

In A History of Greece to the Death of Alexander the Great, Vol I

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John Bagnell Bury


J. B. Bury wrote his “History of Greece” before World War I, but it was such a good overview of classical Greek history that the third editi…

Discourse III: Upon Caesar the Dictator

In The Works of Tacitus, Vol. I

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Tacitus, ed. Thomas Gordon and Publius Cornelius Tacitus


The historical works of Tacitus are a history of the period from A.D. 14 to 96 in thirty volumes. Although many of the works were lost (only…

Bk2,C6-Account of Montezuma,state of his empire

In History of the Conquest of Mexico

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William H. Prescott


Much have I travell'd in the realms of gold,And many goodly states and kingdoms seen;Round many western islands have I beenWhich bards in fe…

30-Coronation of Louis/Charlemagne's Death, 31-Burial, 32-Omens of Death, 33-Wi…

In The Life of Charlemagne (Einhard)

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Einhard


Einhard was employed by Charlemagne as a court historian. At the request of Charlemagne's son and successor Louis the Pious, he wrote a biog…

Book 15, part 4a

In The Annals Vol 3

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Tacitus - Church/Brodribb and Publius Cornelius Tacitus


The Annals was Tacitus' final work, covering the period from the death of Augustus Caesar in the year 14. He wrote at least 16 books, but bo…

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