Ir db. Arnold had lived to finish his History of Rome and to embody in successive editions the results of the numerous researches which since Niebuhr's death have thrown so much light on the subject, the present work would perhaps never have been undertaken. Arnold possessed in the highest degree many of the qualities which such a work requires. His style and mode of treatment have a charm that captivates the reader and confers interest even on abstruse and troublesome investi gations, his writings exhibit all the dignity of history without the tediousness which makes even attractive subjects too often repulsive, he had no need to descend to the level of the pamphleteer for the purpose of avoiding dulness. His fancy was lively, he could picture to himself and to his readers the most distant situations, the motives and actions of men, and the outward circumstances which formed their background. He entered with warmth and sympathy into the description of the sufferings, the aspirations, the struggles, triumphs, and failures which make up the sum total of the history of our race, and with his own enthusiasm he carried his readers with him. At the same time his judgment was sound, his learning comprehensive, his eye unclouded by prejudice or para doxical whims. In one respect he would, if he had lived longer, have removed objections that could justly be made.
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