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HISTORY OF ROME

FROM THE EARLIEST TIMES TO THE ESTABLISHMENT

OF THE EMPIRE.

BY HENRY G. LIDDELL, D.D.,

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DEAN OF CHRIST CHURCH, OXFORD; LATE HEAD MASTER OF WESTMINST ER SCHOOL.

IN TWO VOLUMES.- VOL. I.

LONDON:
JOHN MURRAY, ALBEMARLE STREET.

1855.

The right of Translation 18 reserved.

LONDON: PRINTED BY WILLIAM CLOWES AND SONS, STAMFORD STREET,

AND CILARING (ROSS.

gl. als Zuscriek ī rougher

6.9-36

PREFACE.

This work was begun some years ago, chiefly for the purpose of imparting to the Upper Forms in Schools some knowledge of the altered aspect which Roman History has assumed. It was laid aside, mainly, because notices appeared of several works written with a similar purpose ; and was resumed in accordance with the opinion of friends who had a good right to form a judgment upon the matter. It has imperceptibly assumed larger dimensions, and the character of the book is considerably changed from that which it was originally intended to bear. A History of Rome, suited to the wants of general readers of the present day, does not in fact exist, and certainly is much wanted : whether this work will in any way supply the want is for others to say.

The task has been executed under some disadvantages. My days were for the most part fully occupied; and what time I had to spare was liable to be broken in

upon

in

many ways. When I came to revise the whole for the Press, I found the effects of this interrupted labour in various errors and repetitions ; and I cannot but fear that much of this original taint may still be detected. But I hope, after all deductions, that I may have put into the Reader's hand a book in some measure free from the reproach cast by a great living writer upon all compendious Histories,-namely, that they are Histories in which nothing of History remains except the Proper Names.

The difficulty inseparable from a work of this kind lies in the treatment of the Early History. Since what may be called

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