UNIVERSAL HISTORY-THE ANCIENT WORLD.
institutions and order to society. The government which was thus contrived and
the laws which sprang into existence under these conditions had in them the
elements of perpetuity; and although the repose of mankind was postponed to
remote ages and distant climes, yet far more than ever before were the conditions
of social melioration secured under the auspices of the Roman race.
In moral qualities the Romans were not unlike the Greeks. A fair consideration,
however, of the relative characters of the two races would concede the
superiority to the former. In the earlier times of the Republic, though there was
much savage barbarity displayed by her people, yet were the sterling virtues at
such a premium as to merit the praise which has been bestowed by succeeding