It is singular, therefore, that the roman constitution should have been represented as a pattern of perfection: a constitution one of the most imperfect in the World, originating from crude temporary circumstances, and never afterwards reformed from a general comprehensive view of the whole, but partially altered from time to time. Caesar alone was capable of giving it a radical reform: but it was too late, and the dagger, that deprived him of life, destroyed all possibility of an improved constitution.Herder's Outlines, 14.4, before a description of the fall of Rome in the terms of class-struggle. Marx who? Constitution of the body, to be not partially altered, but reformed from a general comprehensive view of the whole. Republic 4 (tr. Jowett), 'The just man then, if we regard the idea of justice only, will be like the just State?' Definition of justice as each doing his own work. Menenius Agrippa and ancient labour-strikes. Duncan—the bare bodkin, that deprived him of life, destroyed all possibility of an improved constitution. See Spengler, The Going-Under of the Evening-Lands, on the fall of Rome. Herder again:
Rome destroyed the balance of nations; and under her a World bled to death: what new state will arise from this balance destroyed? what new creature will spring from the ashes of so many nations?