Here, among pillows enough for six, I soon fell asleep in a blissful condition, and dreamed of ancient Rome, Steerforth, and friendship, until the early morning coaches, rumbling out of the archway underneath, made me dream of thunder and the gods.
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A Roman Republic existed for 500 years before the start of the Roman Empire.
I know more about the fall of the Roman Empire than the Romans did.
Laurie Halse Anderson -- The Impossible Knife of Memory