By Mary Agnes Hamilton
First released in 1922. Mary Agnes Hamilton (1882-1966) was once Member of Parliament for Blackburn from 1929 to 1931. After leaving Newnham university with an Honours measure she all started educating background and later took up journalism and politics. She wrote quite a few books on various topics all through her life.** [C:\Users\Microsoft\Documents\Calibre Library]
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He was made consul for the sixth time. Marius had won great victories; but the rejoicings in Rome over the terrible dangers that had been averted by his generalship were brief. Men's minds were profoundly disturbed: many felt dimly that great and terrible events were coming without seeing what they were or how to deal with or prevent them. Marius certainly was not the man who had either the insight or the power to do this; he was a man of camps with no knowledge or understanding of politics. His victories and the great shows that followed them made him the idol of the mob: but the idol of the mob was the last man to deal wisely with the difficulties of Rome.
If one of them chose he could stop anything the others wanted to do by saying 'Veto'--I forbid. This power was intended to be used sparingly and only in times of grave danger. Originally, indeed, the tribune could only say Veto on religious grounds; because having inspected the omens he saw something which showed that the gods were unfavourable. The landlords, however, now persuaded Octavius, one of the colleagues of Tiberius, to say Veto to his Land Bill. Tiberius understood what had happened.
He was a Greek scholar with a real admiration of Greek literature and art: yet he ransacked the temples and melted down the ornaments and treasures of centuries to make money; cut down the trees of the Sacred Grove of the Academy where Plato had walked with Socrates to make trench props. His ablest officer, Lucius Lucullus, was sent off to collect a fleet, somehow or other. All through the winter and the whole of the next year Athens held out. The next winter came before Mithridates' fleet sailed: it could do nothing till the spring.
Ancient Rome: The Lives of Great Men (Illustrated Edition) by Mary Agnes Hamilton