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In the study of history, we must always strive to not only understand the economic and political events of past times, events which in literate societies were usually recorded and which may be deduced through archaeology but also to appreciate the life of those who came before us, those anonymous people who made up the basis of these societies featured here.

The study of history is the best medicine for a sick mind; for in history you have a record of the infinite variety of human experience plainly set out for all to see; and in that record you can find for yourself and your country both examples and warnings; fine things to take as models, base things rotten through and through, to avoid.

Livy

'Wise men', he'd add, 'the reasons will explain why you should follow this, from that refrain: For me, if I can train you in the ways trod by the worthy folks of earlier days, and while you need direction, keep your name and life unspotted, I've attained my aim: When riper years have seasoned brain and limb, you'll drop your corks and like a Triton swim.'

(Horace on his own upbringing.)