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By Dionysius of Halicarnassus, Earnest Cary

Dionysius of Halicarnassus used to be born ahead of fifty three BCE and went to Italy ahead of 29 BCE. He taught rhetoric in Rome whereas learning the Latin language, amassing fabric for a background of Rome, and writing. His Roman Antiquities began appearing in 7 BCE. Dionysius states that his items in writing heritage have been to thrill fanatics of noble deeds and to pay off the advantages he had loved in Rome. yet he wrote additionally to reconcile Greeks to Roman rule. Of the 20 books of Roman Antiquities (from the earliest instances to 264 BCE) we've got the 1st nine whole; such a lot of 10 and eleven; and later extracts and an epitome of the entire. Dionysius studied the simplest to be had literary resources (mainly annalistic and different historians) and doubtless a few public records. His paintings and that of Livy are our simply non-stop and targeted self sustaining narratives of early Roman history.

Dionysius was once writer additionally of essays on literature protecting rhetoric, Greek oratory, Thucydides, and the way to mimic the simplest versions in literature.

The Loeb Classical Library publishes a two-volume variation of the severe essays; the version of Roman Antiquities is in seven volumes.

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And there is even now a conspicuous monument of what happened on that occasion, in the form of an island of goodly size consecrated to Aesculapius and washed on all sides by the river, an island which was formed, they say, out of the heap of rotten straw and was further enlarged by the silt which the river kept adding. The consuls also granted to all the Romans who had fled with the tyrant leave to return to the city with impunity and under a general amnesty, setting a time-limit of twenty days ; and fixed time, if they did not return within this the penalties set in their case were perpetual banishment and the confiscation of their estates.

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