This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1880 edition. Excerpt: ...freshly clothed at his cost, and soon afterward embarked on board ship and set sail for Sicily. The Romans then continued the war ...Read MoreThis historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1880 edition. Excerpt: ...freshly clothed at his cost, and soon afterward embarked on board ship and set sail for Sicily. The Romans then continued the war with great vigor against their Italian foes. Several victories were won, and they were steadily making their way toward Tarentum, when all at once King Pyrrhus turned up again on the coast with his spearmen, and his horse, and his elephants. The news cast the Romans into great dismay, for they were afraid of the brava s-nd skillful Greek. Their fright was increased by a strange accident. In a thunder-storm a flash of lightning struck the clay statue of Jupiter on the Capitol and knocked off its head. What was most singular, the head couldn't be found any where. Greatly troubled by the event--which they supposed to be a sign of the gods' anger--the Romans went, as usual, to the augurs to ask where the head was. The augurs consulted the gods, and made answer that if the people looked in a particular spot at the bottom of the river they would find the head. A crowd of people ran to the spot at once, and good swimmers dived to the bottom, where, sure enough, they found the head. I shouldn't wonder if the augurs had put it there; or, as they were almost the only learned men at Rome, if they had calculated where a heavy body, like this large clay head, would fall if thrown from the Capitoline Hill. Still the Romans were downhearted. The new Consul, Cueius Dentatus, was, happily, a man of great firmness and Roman virtue. In the olden time he had had the homestead law enforced, in spite of old Appius Claudius and the nobles, and had secured to every Roman a farm of four acres and a half. When the people wanted to reward him for this, and to give him three hundred acres for himself, he sternly refused, saying, that no man...Read Less
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