Recollect the ancient Romans of the Circus, and the sports where they killed three hundred lions and a hundred men.
Locusta and Agrippina, living at the same time, were an exception, and proved the determination of providence to effect the entire ruin of the Roman empire, sullied by so many crimes.
Why should we not spend the last three hours remaining to us of life, like those ancient Romans, who when condemned by Nero, their emperor and heir, sat down at a table covered with flowers, and gently glided into death, amid the perfume of heliotropes and roses?
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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