By Tenney Frank

Passenger fares appear to us to were very low. Passengers although seem to have been liable for their very own sustenance, the quarters have been most likely faraway from sumptuous and naturally demise via shipwreck in contrast to lack of freight entailed no monetary loss to the provider. -from "Chapter XVI: trade" during this vintage work-an growth of an past 1920 edition-a revered classical pupil sketches the industrial lifetime of the Roman tradition during the republican interval and into the fourth century of the empire. notwithstanding later books unfairly supplanted it, this quantity is still a superb creation to the capital, trade, hard work, and of the fast forerunner of contemporary civilization. In transparent, readable language, Frank explores: . agriculture in early Latium . the increase of the peasantry . Roman coinage . finance and politics . the "plebs urbana" . the beginnings of serfdom . and lots more and plenty extra. American historian TENNEY FRANK (1876-1939) was once professor of Latin at Bryn Mawr university and Johns Hopkins college, and likewise wrote Roman Imperialism (1914) and A historical past of Rome (1923).

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The story of the revolution is of course full of legendary elements. However, in view of the persisting hatred of “kings” in historical times, and the definite provisions in early laws against the crime of adfectare regnum it is safest to assume that the political consciousness had actually been deeply affected by a revolution which stirred the city to its foundations. Acts of very deep significance are not likely to be wholly distorted by legend. 2. See Schulze, Röm. Eigennamen. 3. See Niese, Hermes, 1888, p.

The earliest record we have of Roman slaves in great numbers shepherding on the mountains near Rome dates from the Second Punic War4 but since such notices are incidental and rare we need not assume that the custom was then of recent date. He who has had the misfortune of trying to make his way from Tivoli to Rome against the endless procession of sheep going moun-tamward during the first week of July knows well what Horace5 meant when he wrote: Jam pastor umbras cum grege languido... quaerit. This change, however, had serious consequences.

6. Cf. Livy, II, 9; 34; 52; III, 32; IV, 12; 25; 52. Some of these passages are doubtless based upon conjecture, but it must be remembered that the priestly annales made a point of recording things of religious import like quotiens annona cara, quotiens lunae aut solis lumine caligo aut quid obstiterit, Cato, Orig. frag. 77. 7. Pinza, Bull. Com. 1912, p. 53. Rome later spread so rapidly over the regions where the early habitations and graves had been that very little has survived from which to judge the state of her earliest industry.

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