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illustrated.1825 Excerpt: ... hit liberality; and the whole nation
indebted to him for extraordinary services. It may therefore easily
be supposed, that they did not refuse him a quiet retreat in their
country; and if we consider his haughty and unforgiving temper, and
his inextinguishable hatred to the Roman tribunes and the popular
party, these will sufficiently account for his not seeking, or even
desiring to return, to Rome. According to Cicero, (in Lsel.)
Coriolanus killed himself. It may be proper, in the close of the
history of this famous Roman, to mention, that, though Dionysius
(whom Plutarch copies) lias been followed, in the text, in what he
says of Coriolanus's consent to be tried by the people, and of his
defence at his trial against the accusations of the tribunes I yet
from the character of this patrician, so haughty, obstinate, and
untractable, Livy's account seems more credible. Not a word in the
Latin historian of any such consent, or defence, or even trial. He
affirms, that Coriolanus did not appear on the day appointed for
bis trial, and was condemned in his absence. Dr. Middleton, in his
treatise on the Roman Senate (p. 21), prefers the authority of
Dionysius to that of Livy. Where these (says he) happen to differ,
it cannot be-difficult to decide, which of them ought to have the
preference; nay, it is already decided by the judgment of all the
best critics; who, upon the comparison, have universally preferred
the diligence and accuracy of Dionysius to the haste and negligence
of Livy." To call in question the judgment of all the best critics,
must be an extreme presumption. I shall therefore only say, that if
so mighty an authority had not decided in favour of Dionysius, I
should, in many instances, prefer (with regard to the history of
the earliest times of Rome...
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