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Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1859, by

BENSON J. LOSSING,

In the Clerk's Office of the District Court for the Southern District of New York,

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BIOGRAPHY

PHY is History teaching by example. It is the basis of all historical structures. The Chronicles of the nations

are composed of the sayings and doings of their men and women. These make up the sum of History.

Sallust says, “I have often heard that Quintus Maximus, Publius Scipio, and other renowned persons of the Roman Commonwealth, used to say that, whenever they beheld the images of their ancestors, they felt their minds vehemently excited to virtue. It could not be the wax, nor the marble, that possessed this

power; but the recollections of their great actions kindled a generous flame in their breasts, which could not be quelled till they, also, by Virtue, had acquired equal fame and glory."

It is with the earnest desire of producing precisely such effects upon the minds and hearts of the young people of our country, that this volume has been prepared

that these images have been set up. The Roman youth were excited to great, and generous, and virtuous deeds, by the sight of material objects and the voices of Orators. Our youth have their aspirations for noble

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