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More vigorous, more more daring than Europe, just as young men usually possess these qualities in a greater degree than the old? As a matter of fact, many people do use the two adjectives in this sense. But, in that case, they assume as proved one of the most complex, one of the deepest and most difficult problems of modern life, that is to say, the problem whether a comparison can be struck between Europe and America, and the basis of who is what criterion? if so, on That there should be those comparison and resolve it in this way, not surprising.

To the public a this fact distinct enough represent rapbetween American society and ancient is 32 Rome and Modern America Ancient For this reason, an inhabitant of New York can more than an inhabitant of London or Paris picture to himself certain aspects of the life of the Athens or Rome easily of ancient days; especially the continual succession of elections, interests and and frequent and the complete change of directing forces involved in the of the magistrates in office. have periodical It is true that elections, as in in the Old, as in the New America.

Almost a sacrilege an attempt to rebel against the gods and their wishes. Consequently, they invented and : adopted machines ones The and those but simple and primitive only for use in war, especially for siege- work. necessity of conquering made them forget to some extent their usual fears. So great a difference in thought and feeling, in a matter which to us seems of such vital importance, must arise from deep-seated causes. Why did the and construct so few machines, and hold the few they had?

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