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The Rubicon, now called Rugone, was a small river, rising in the Appenines, and falling into the Adriatic ; it divided Italy from Gaul,

: and bounded Cæsar's command. This river was considered by the Romans as the limit of their domestic empire ; and an edict had been long before made by the senate, which is still to be seen engraven in the road near Rimini, by which they considered any person a parricide, and devoted him to the infernal gods, who should dare to pass this river with troops. When Cæsar reached its banks, be stopped for a few moments, as if to consider what he should do. 'If I pass this river,' he exclaimed to one of his generals, 'what misery I shall bring upon my country; if I stop, I am ruined. He then plunged in, saying, “The die is cast;' and his soldiers followed him.”

“Well now, Anne," said Philip, “you understand why commencing an enterprise from which you cannot draw back, is compared to passing the Rubicon, and the expression commonly used."

“I see why it is used, certainly, Philip, and I shall understand the meaning of the expression; but I think there are very few circumstances or events in which it is fair to use a speech made

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under such very peculiar circumstances. But I hope, dear mamma, you do not mean to leave me in suspense, as to what took place after Cæsar was followed by his soldiers across this interesting river."

“For the present I do, my love ; for I shall be much engaged for some time to come, and unable to attend to you at this hour as usual. Hereafter I

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you still continue to wish it, complete this Sketch of Roman History; but I think it very possible that you may have the pleasure of reading a more detailed account shortly, when you will cease to desire mine."

may,

THE END.

INDEX.

A
Adherbal
Ædiles
Æmilius
Æneas
Æqui
Agrarian law
Agrigentum
Agrippa, Menenius
Alba ...
Alberia
Allobroges
Amulius
Ancus Martius
Ancylia
Antennæ
Antiates...
Antiochus
Appius Claudius
Archimedes
Argos
Aristobulus
Ariminium
Attilia
Aufidius
Augurs

page.
143

60
124

6
68, 71, 100

64, 91

113

56
6, 29, 37

114
143

6
40
32
17

60
133, 155
65, 71, 75

127
109
155
162
67
62
93

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page,
Cæsar, Julius

150
Cameria

17
Camillus

81
Campanians

101
Canna

122, 124, 127
Capitol

44, 87
Capua

125
Carnival

27
Carthage

111
Cataline

156
Cato

135
Cecina

17
Celeres

14
Cæninenses

16
Censor

80
Census

43
Centuries

42
Cicero

156
Cincinnatus

66
Cineas

105
Cinna

148
Circus

41
Classes

42
Client

12
Clusium

84
Clypæ

114
Collatinus

46, 51
Comminus, Pontius

86
Comitium

93
Commons

50
Conscript Fathers

11
Corinth

138
Coriolanus

60
Corioli

60
Cornelia

139
Crassus

153

114
143

159

B
Bagrada
Balearic Isles
Belgæ
Bithynia
Bocchus
Brennus..
Britain
Brundusium
Brutus, Junius

135
145

84
159
149
51

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