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III. From the Union of Italy to the Subjugation of Carthage and the Greek States

From: The History of Rome, by Theodor Mommsen
Translated with the sanction of the author by William Purdie Dickson

The History of Old Rome

Chapter XI - The Government and the Governed


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The aversion of the government to the acquisition of new provinces and to the whole provincial system; the institution of the provincial quaestorships, which were intended to take at least the financial power out of the hands of the governors; and the abolition of the arrangement--in itself so judicious--for a longer tenure of such offices,(36) very clearly evince the anxiety felt by the more far- seeing of the Roman statesmen as to the fruits of the seed thus sown. But diagnosis is not cure.

36. Cf. III. VII. Administration of Spain

The internal government of the nobility continued to follow the direction once given to it; and the decay of the administration and of the financial system--paving the way for future revolutions and usurpations--steadily pursued its course, if not unnoticed, yet unchecked.

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