It was an incredibly rapid evolution, driven by avarice, compulsion, globalization, and changing societal values!
The egoism of the upper classes held military duty in contempt, while their avarice depopulated the countryside, whence the legions had drawn their recruits.
To the cruelty and avarice of Charles he opposed a generous humanity.
Avarice, luxury and the glaring inequality in the distribution of wealth, threatened to bring about the speedy fall of the state if no cure could be found.
She was notorious for her profligacy, avarice and ambition, and exercised a complete ascendancy over her weak-minded husband, with the help of his all-powerful freedmen.
The British, deluded by their avarice, still cherished extravagant ideas of Indian wealth; nor would they listen to the unwelcome truth.
Such successes removed the buccaneers further and further from the pale of civilized society, fed their revenge, and inspired them with an avarice almost equal to that of the original settlers from Spain.
These proceedings, in conjunction with the avarice and licence of the king, led to revolution.
Avarice, lofty claims and frequent exhibitions of arrogance made him many foes.
The feebleness of Michael, whose chief interest lay in trifling academic pursuits, and the avarice of his ministers, was disastrous to the empire.
These two last bore the brunt of the unpopularity of the financial policy of the king during the latter half of his reign, when the vice of avarice seems to have grown upon him beyond all reason.
But the source even of these - the passions of ambition and avarice - he finds in the fear of death; and that fear he resolves into the fear of eternal punishment after death.
Political jealousies, human avarice and treachery arrested the progress of most of their missions.
Thus the satraps aspired to independence, not merely owing to unjust treatment, but also to avarice or favorable conditions.
To this end he shrank from no treachery or cruelty; yet, like Agesilaus, he was totally free from the characteristic Spartan vice of avarice, and died, as he had lived, a poor man.
The Mussulmans brought with them the avarice of conquerors, and a stringent system of revenue collection.
Although he possessed great military talents, Pompeius was the best-hated general of his time owing to his cruelty, avarice and perfidy.
Famine, the avarice of the rich, and the necessity of providing tribute had brought the humbler classes to the lowest straits.
Energetic, obstinate, cunning and unscrupulous, she inherited, too, her father's avarice and rapacity.
They had to avoid idolatry, sorcery, avarice, falsehood, fornication, &c.; above all, they were not allowed to kill any living being (the ten commandments of Mani).
Gifts, too, fall in, and with his native avarice and economy he rises in wealth, position and reputation for piety.
Their origin, their previous crimes or virtues, their avarice or brutality, were indifferent to him so long as they served him loyally.
The prominent features of his character seem to have been cunning, ambition and avarice, combined with want of courage and aversion from effort.
In fact the apparently prosperous relative was the victim of unfortunate speculations, and chose rather to be reproached with avarice than with imprudence.
From the beginning of his reign he had been accumulating money, mainly for his own security against intrigues and conspiracies, and avarice had grown upon him with success.
But Josephus reports of one Onias that for avarice he withheld it.
Taking advantage of the absence of Flaccus at Chalcedon and the discontent aroused by his avarice and severity, Fimbria stirred up a revolt and slew Flaccus at Nicomedia.
Though accused of avarice and pluralism, Phillpotts was generous in his gifts to the church, founding the theological college at Exeter and spending large sums on the restoration of the cathedral.
At the same time, if Matthew of Edessa may be trusted, he also carried his arms against the Armenians, and plundered in his avarice every Armenian of wealth and position.
With perfect fearlessness and piercing eloquence, he rebuked the sloth, the avarice, and the lawlessness of the diets which were doing their best to make government in Poland impossible.
His early exploits against the English were failures and revealed in the young prince both avarice and stubborn persistence in projects obviously ill-advised.