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mans conquered, and at the same time yielded; the Italians yielded, yet their demands prevailed."

Before the snows or the green meadows could be trampled again by angry armies, Pompeius, the Consul, preferred a law to invest the people beyond the Po with rights of protection and of property like those previously belonging to the Latin Name;75 while another law was brought up by Papirius Carbo and Plautius Silvanus, Tribunes, that all the Italians south of the Po, who would appear to make their claim within sixty days, should be admitted to the citizenship of Rome. The Samnites and the Lucanians alone held out for revenge ;77 the rest of the confederates were satisfied with independence, and it was not long before peace became apparently general. Such was the victory by which the conquered obtained their ends as though they had been conquerors, while the conquerors gave way, yet not as though

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74 - Italico bello, quo quidem rious Latins in Italy and in the Romani victis amictisque, ipsi ex- provinces; and the third, the proarmati, quam integris universis civi- vincials and all other aliens. The tatem dare maluerunt.” Vell. Pat., title of municipality became comII. 17.

mon to all, or almost all, Italian 75 That is, the Jus Latii, or, as towns and colonies. it was also called, the Latinitas. 76 Cic., Pro Arch., 3. Perhaps See p. 100. There were other the previously mentioned law gave Latin citizens, at least in later times, the citizenship to those who were under the names of Latini Coloniarii called the Cispadani. and Latini Juniani. The divisions 77 Who were virtually subdued of the Romans and their subjects in the following year, when their were henceforth those of Cives, La- chief, Pompædius Silo, was taken tini, and Peregrini. The first di- and slain. App., Bell. Civ., 1. 53. vision comprised the Romans and Diod. Sic., Reliq., XXXVII. 2. the Italians; the second, these va

they had been conquered, before the expansion of their Commonwealth from a city to a nation.

The cost must be reckoned before glorying in the prize. All the institutions by which the Italians had been separated were now blended in their common liberties; and the lines of division formerly run between allied or municipal or any other subordinate estates were broken down, so that the whole people stood, nominally at least, united amongst themselves and to Rome. But in the operation, more wonderful, had it succeeded, than any similar achievement in ancient history, three hundred thousand of Italian, without counting those of Roman, blood had perished; and though the camps were deserted, and the weapons that had rung and glittered in men's hands were laid aside, the pangs of such a conflict could not at once be soothed. The Romans remembered how their Senate had ordered the dead to be buried on the fields of battle, lest the lamentations of kindred or friends at home should overcome the resolution of the survivors." And the Italians bewailed the vacant places around their hearthstones, and thought with fury, intermitted, perhaps, but not appeased, of the injustice to which their fathers or their sons, their brothers, lovers, or husbands, had fallen victims. Nor did the reward of citizenship prove so fair as to console them ; for they had been put within new Tribes,so to which inferior places were

78 Vell. Pat., II. 15. “ Nec 80 of which the number varies Annibalis,” exclaims Florus (III. from eight to fifteen. Appian (Bell. 18), “nec Pyrrhi tanta vastatio!” Civ., 1. 49) says ten. Velleius Pa

79 App., Bell. Civ., I. 43. terculus (II. 20) says eight.

assigned; and again the old complaints of arrogance and wrong were heard upon many tongues and felt within some hearts. It appears as if the judgment of Heaven upon the Romans for the abuses of their freedom was its incapacity of finding the air or the life it required, and would have obtained in being generously given to the Italians.

CHAPTER IV.

SULLA:

CIVIL WAR AND DESPOTISM.

“Civilis vulnera dextræ.” – LUCAN, I. 32.
" A tyrant is one whose list is his law.” – FULLER, Profane State, XVII.

The introduction of the Italians was as vain as the seditions and the reforms of preceding years to save the Commonwealth from the wreck to which it was hurrying with all its liberties. Of still less avail to its protection were the efforts of one or two amongst its citizens, whose voices were loud and whose figures were prominent in the midst of these conflicting perils. A few years before the Social War, for instance, the Censors Domitius Ahenobarbus and Licinius Crassus expelled some Latin rhetoricians, on account of the corruption they were supposed to inculcate upon their disciples ;' but there was no better instruction to take the place of that thus formally forbidden; and if the rhetoricians themselves did not actually return, their schools must soon have been reopened by others like them, and thronged, as theirs had been, by young and old. In the second year of the war, another essay towards regeneration was made by the Prætor Sempronius Asellio, who endeavoured to subdue the tumults, excited afresh between creditors and debtors, by reviving the impossible law against interest; but it was far too late to wear about upon the courses of an earlier period, and Asellio, attacked by an armed band while sacrificing before a temple in the Forum, was slain as though he had been the victim whom his gods required.? Plautius Silvanus, a Tribune of the same year, and one of the two whose law gave welcome to the allies, was more successful in the wiser designs he had conceived. The first law, apparently, that bears his name, committed the choice of a certain number of judges to each of the Tribes, in order, as it seems, to unite the Senators, the Knights, and even the lower classes of citizens, — then largely increased, as must be remembered, — in the management, or at least the superintendence, of the public tribunals. A second law, a yet nobler memorial of the Tribune's wisdom, determined the punishment of riot or violence, at the very moment, perhaps, of the Prætor Asellio's murder, as a capital offence ;4 and could any

1 A. C. 93. See the singular Cicero has preserved, as if made by edict of the Censors in Aul. Gell., Crassus, in De Orat., III. 24. XV. 11, and the explanation which

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2 A. C. 89. The Senate offered But Asconius says in his commena reward for the apprehension of his tary, “ Et quidam etiam ex ipsa murderers, but the affair was hushed plebe." up and nothing more was heard of 4 « Ad salutem omnium pertithem. App., Bell. Civ., I. 54. net,” etc. Cic., Pro Cæl., 29. The Liv., Epit. LXXIV.

Lex Lutatia was perhaps identical 3 - Quum primum Senatores cum with or else a confirmation of this Equitibus Romanis lege Plotia judi- law of Plautius. carent." Cic., Pro C. Corn., I.

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