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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…

Bk 7 Ch 6: Origin of the animosity between Sixtus IV. and Lorenzo de' Medici

In History of Florence and of the Affairs of Italy, Vol. 2

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Niccolò Machiavelli


History of Florence and of the Affairs of Italy is an historical account by Niccolò Machiavelli (1469-1527). Toward the end of 1520, …

Chapter 17, part 1-3

In A History of Greece to the Death of Alexander the Great, Vol II

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John Bagnell Bury


J.B. Bury wrote his “History of Greece” before World War I, but it is such a good overview of classical Greek history that the third edition…

Book 15, part 4a

In The Annals Vol 3

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Tacitus - Church/Brodribb and Publius Cornelius Tacitus


The Annals was Tacitus' final work, covering the period from the death of Augustus Caesar in the year 14. He wrote at least 16 books, but bo…

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…

12 - Book 1, Ch 23-24

In The Wars of the Jews

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Josephus and Flavius Josephus


The Wars of the Jews (or The History of the Destruction of Jerusalem, or as it usually appears in modern English translations, The Jewish Wa…