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STORIES FROM HISTORY SERIES
EDITED BY JOHN LANG

STORIES FROM ROMAN HISTORY

BY

LENA DALKEITH

WITH PICTURES BY
PAUL WOODROFFE

LONDON: T. C. & E. C. JACK
NEW YORK: E P. DUTTON & CO.

TO

ROBERT HUSTED CHAMBERS

ABOUT THIS BOOK

     This book is not big enough to hold all the stories that might be written about the Romans, and at first it was puzzling to know how to choose. One day after reading and reading Roman history, I shut the book more puzzled than ever. Then I must have fallen asleep; I dreamt I was in Rome. To me as I stood in the great city there came an old man, saying, 'I know why you are here, and I can help you to choose.' He led me into a beautiful temple where there were many men gathered together, all clad in flowing togas and crowned with wreaths of laurel.

     'Who are these?' I asked. 'They are the heroes of the Roman Republic,' answered the old man. 'Mark well those to whom I give greeting,' and he began to wend his way from one end of the building to the other. Romulus, Horatius, Coriolanus, the Scipios, the Gracchi, Pompey, Julius Caesar, they were all there, and many more, and he greeted them each in turn, but when we came to Julius Caesar, he sighed deeply. 'What chance had the Republic against such a man!' be said; then turning to me, he added: 'Write your stories about these men-heroes of the greatest Republic that ever was, and leave the Empire and its tyrants to the history books.' 'Who are you?' I asked wonderingly. He smiled. 'I have written the stories of all these great men,' he said. 'You are Plutarch!' I cried. . . and awoke, and lo! the stories were chosen. My dream had done this for me together with gentle Plutarch, whose book you will surely read one day-that is to say if you like this one, as I hope you will.
                                                                                                                            LENA DALKEITH.

CONTENTS

I. Of Romulus and Remus

II. Of Horatius

III. Of Caius Marcius Coriolanus

IV. Of Hannibal

V. Of Fabius Maximus

VI. Of Hannibal

VII. Of Paulus Aemilius

VIII. Of Scipio Aemilianus Africanus

IX. Of the Gracchi (1)

X. Of the Gracchi (2)

XI. Of Pompey the Great

XII. Of Julius Caesar: Soldier

XIII. Of Julius Caesar and Pompey

XIV. Of Julius Caesar: Dictator

XV. Of Julius Caesar: Dead

LIST OF PICTURES

Romulus and Remus

Horatius keeps the Bridge

Coriolanus at the Gates of Rome

Fabius calms the fears of the Romans

The Destruction of Carthage

Death of Gracchus the Younger

Caesar at the Rubicon

The Death of Caesar