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Plutarch Volume 1

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ISBN : 9781230206813
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1831 edition. Excerpt: ... CAMILLUS. Among theMoreThis historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1831 edition. Excerpt: ... CAMILLUS. Among the many remarkable things related of Furius Camillus, the most extraordinary seems to be this, that though he was often in the highest commands, and performed the greatest actions, though he was five times chosen dictator, though he triumphed four times, and was styled the Second Founder of Rome, yet he was never once consul. Perhaps we may discover the reason in the state of the commonwealth at that time: the people, then at variance with the senate, refused to elect consuls, and, instead of them, put the government in the hands of military tribunes. Though these acted, indeed, with consular power and authority, yet their administration was less grievous to the people, because they were more in number. To have the direction of affairs intrusted to six persons instead of two, was some ease and satisfaction to a people that could not bear to be dictated to by the nobility. Camillus, then distinguished by his achievements, and at the height of glory, did not choose to be consul against the inclinations of the people, though the comitia, or assemblies in which they might have elected consuls, were several times held in that period. In all his other commissions, which were many and various, he so conducted himself, that if he was intrusted with the sole power, he shared it with others, and if he had a colleague, the glory was his own. The authority seemed to be shared by reason of his great modesty in command, which gave no occasion to envy- and the glory was secured to him by his genius and capacity, in which he was universally allowed to have no equal. The family of the Furii was not very illustrious before his time- he was the first that raised it to distinction, when he served under Posthumius Tubertus in the great...