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The Philippics

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Marcus Tullius Cicero


A philippic is a fiery, damning speech delivered to condemn a particular political actor. The term originates with Demosthenes, who delivere…

Book One, Sections I-V

In Politics

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Aristotle (tr. Jowett) and Aristotle


The Politics, by the ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle, is one of the most influential texts in political philosophy. In it, Aristotle exp…

The Process of Colonization

In History of the United States, Vol. I

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Charles and Mary Beard and Charles Austin Beard


Charles Austin Beard was the most influential American historian of the early 20th century. He published hundreds of monographs, textbooks a…

02 - The Capture of Panama

In Great Pirate Stories

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Joseph Lewis French


Piracy embodies the romance of the sea at its highest expression. It is a sad but inevitable commentary on our civilization, that, so far as…

Book 1, Chapter 2, part 3

In History of the Inquisition of Spain, Vol. 1

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Henry Charles Lea


The first volume of Lea’s monumental work on the Inquisition of Spain, covering its origin and establishment and its relations with the stat…

'Julius Caesar.'

In Shakspere: Personal Recollections

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John A. Joyce


A fictitious account of a "friend" of William Shakespeare, who accompanies him from his birth to his death and beyond, chronicling…