This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1828 edition. Excerpt: ...During seventeen of those years he had himself been a leader of party, and veered in his professions and conduct with every turn of fortune; at one time courting the Senate, by affecting the zeal of a citizen in behalf of the republic; at another time courting the veterans, by affecting concern for their interests, and a purpose to revenge their late general's death. He opposed himself to Antony, or joined with him, as suited with the state of his own affairs; made or broke concerts with the other leaders of faction; made and unmade treaties of marriage; even had intrigues of pleasure with women to forward his political designs; and at an age when other young men have scarcely any object but pleasure, sacrificed every supposed private or public connection, and every friend and every enemy, to his, ambition, or to the cool and deliberate consideration of his own conveniency or advancement. By such means as these, Octavius became sovereign of the Roman empire at the age of three-and-thirty years; the same age at which Alexander, with the greatest efforts of ability and courage, which were afterwards marred by equal instances of intemperance and folly, effected the conquest of the Persian monarchy. Much, no doubt, in the fortunes of men, is to be imputed to accident. To this they owe, at least, great part of the occasions on which they act; but the use of the occasion, and sometimes the preparation of it, is their own; and nothing besides the most consummate abilities can, through a great variety of scenes, retain the uniform appearance of a fortunate life. It is true, that Octavius, with the name of Caesar, was become convenient or necessary to the military faction which he found already formed in the empire.r that his youth, and other...