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By Lisa M. Ripperton, Ellwood W. Kemp

Provides the geography of Italy and the lifetime of Rome at 3 assorted sessions of her development: her infancy, her robust manhood, and her previous age. Relates how Rome in her early years confirmed herself in Italy, then engaged in clash with Carthage, her strongest neighbor and enemy, and at last prolonged her strength all over the Mediterranean, giving to the area peace, legislations and order, and making unconsciously a road either for Greek tradition and for Christianity to unfold to the West. quantity three within the 7-volume Streams of historical past sequence, which provides a brilliant photo of the expansion of Western Civilization from the early resource of the historical move again within the Nile, the Tigro-Euphrates and the Indus valleys, after which its widening and deepening because it strikes westward. The sequence highlights the contributions of every tradition to the movement of heritage and indicates how its contributions are stuck up and carried directly to destiny peoples and international locations. the coed is ended in see how every one grows out of that which precedes, and shadows forth what follows, and that the invention of the USA, and its next institutional improvement used to be the fruitage of a seed which lay deep within the old soul of Europe. compatible for a while nine and up.

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And now let us look at his plans. Hamilcar was elected commander of Carthage's army and resolved to conquer Spain. This was the first step in his plan to humble Rome and regain Sicily. For fear he should not live to strike Rome the final blow, he required his little son, Hannibal, who was then about nine years old, to swear at the altar of his god, Baal, to humble Rome and remain her enemy forever. You shall see presently how courageously he did this. Hamilcar then took Hannibal to Spain with him.

He had a double face, and thus could look backward or forward; but in Numa's reign he was no longer seen, for during the thirty-nine years of Numa's rule Rome was without war, and moved along in perfect happiness. Numa also appointed priests, who were to dance and sing through the street in a procession once a year, carrying the twelve sacred shields. During a famine in Rome the god Mars is said to have dropped a shield from heaven as a sign of protection to Rome. Numa then had eleven others made, which looked exactly like this one, so that if any one attempted to steal or destroy the sacred shield, he could not tell it from the others.

In doing so he had to fight step by step the wild Spaniards who occupied the mountain passes, and so lost many men. Some of his troops were left to hold the conquered lands, while others were sent home because they were not brave enough for Hannibal. This left Hannibal fifty thousand foot-soldiers, nine thousand cavalry, and thirty-seven elephants, or two-thirds as many men as he started out with. Now let us imagine how this army looked. There were but few Carthaginians in it, for as I told you, Carthage hired most of her troops of other nations.

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