Excerpt from A History of the Roman Empire From Its Foundation to the Death of Marcus Aurelius 27 It is well known that for the period of Roman history, which is of all its periods perhaps the most important - the first two centuries of the Empire - there exists no English handbook suitable for use in Universities and Schools. The consequence of this want in our educational course is that the knowledge of Roman history possessed by students, who are otherwise men of considerable attainments in classical literature, comes to a sudden end at the Battle of Actium. At least, their systematic knowledge ends there; of the subsequent history they know only isolated facts gathered at haphazard from Horace, Juvenal and Tacitus. This much-felt need will, it is hoped, be met by the present volume, which bridges the gap between the Student's Rome and the Student's Gibbon. This work has been written directly from the original sources. But it is almost unnecessary to say that the author is under deep obligations to many modern guides. He is indebted above all to Mommsen's Romisches Staats-rechl, and to the fifth volume of the same historian's Rornische Geschichle. He must also acknowledge the constant aid which he has derived from Merivale's History of the Romans under the Empire, Schiller's Geschichle der romischen Kaiserzeit, and Herzog's Geschichle und System der romischen Staatsverfasmng. Duruy's History of Rome has been occasionally useful. The lesser and more special books which have been consulted with advantage are too numerous to mention. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.