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Ancient Rome and Modern America by Guglielmo Ferrero

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But no one will be found to prestrike this tend that the judgment contained in those two words "young' and "old," thus interpreted, can or ought to be accepted as true by everyone. Ancient 38 On Rome and Modern America the other hand, it is possible to agree on a more narrow and precise interpretation of these words; to say that America is young and Europe old, because America reproduces some of the characters and phenomena which we find in antiquity, that is to say, in the remotest epochs of our history.

If we are to grasp the very essence of our history, solubly we must united the ideal of a understand are simple the life, clearly artistic how civilisation indis- and the mechanical -scientific Quantity and Quality civilisation and the a ideal of life 47 of extravagance and luxury. Even at the present day, many will be found to extol the greatness, the wealth, and the might of the Roman Empire as a marvel never surpassed vellously wealthy But The Roman Empire seemed mar- a delusion. this is in history.

Steam or electricity, has the advantage of speed over can produce in the same time a much greater number of objects. For this reason it has triumphed in a time like ours, in which the increased the hand of man. necessities of the It growth in production. living demand an extraordinary But the hand of man, that world and mind-inspired machine, if it pete with machines of iron for speed, is cannot comalone capable of imparting to things that perfection, that grace, that excellence of form which can fill and us with a joy but perhaps more intense than, that afforded by easy and coarse abundance.

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