Book 1, Chapter 4, 78 AD to 306 AD – Roman Mode of Government – Continued
It is certain that British troops were sent to fight in and to colonise distant places, and it is highly probable that the young chiefs would be encouraged to visit and even to dwell at Rome, but such of the lower orders of the population as remained after the decimating wars of more than a hundred years, which with frequent pestilence and occasional famine, must have prevented any great increase of the population, were doubtless at length reduced to a condition of servitude barely removed from slavery. So, throughout History, in the long procession of years, silent changes are gradually wrought in national character, by the occasional introduction of fresh elements from other lands, which commingling with the original race, and being afterwards recruited by other arrivals, form an amalgam differing in some important respects, from the national character of the country in former generations.
Chapter 4, Agricola
Chapter 4, Roman Roads and Towns
Chapter 4, Roman Memorial of Death
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