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BOOK II.

(CONTINUED.)

CHAPTER VIII.

DEVELOPMENT OF STRENGTH AND CHARACTER.

" The comparison is never to be made with an ideal standard, or even with one which a purer religion and a more liberal organization of society may have rendered effectual." HALLAM, Middle Ages, Supp!. Notes, 220.

The young philosopher, questioned respecting his new acquirements at the school from which he had just returned, answered, that, if he had made any, they would soon show themselves. According to the same rule, we may believe, that, if the liberty communicated by the Licinian laws to the Plebeians be of any real superiority over that which the Patricians had previously engrossed, it will soon appear in the period subsequent to its extension.

The story of the Manlii, father and son, will serve to introduce and partially to illustrate the present portion of our history. It opens two or three years after the election of the Tribune Sextius to the consulship, when a cruel pestilence arrived to increase the troubles not yet put to rest. In consequence of

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1 The story is told of a pupil of Zeno in Ælian, Var. Historia, IX. 33.

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