Tacitus: The Histories, Volumes I and II eBook

This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 447 pages of information about Tacitus.

    [241] See vol. i, note 339.

    [242] A triumph could, of course, be held only for victories
          over a foreign enemy.  Here the pretext was the repulse of the
          Dacians (iii. 46).

    [243] Vitellius’ son-in-law (cp. i. 59).

    [244] In the text some words seem to be missing here, but the
          general sense is clear.

    [245] Cp. ii. 91.

    [246] If Tacitus ever told the story of his banishment and
          death, his version has been lost with the rest of his history
          of Vespasian’s reign.

    [247] In Samnium.

    [248] i.e. shirking the duties of public life.

    [249] i.e. the Stoic.

    [250] See ii. 91.

    [251] Cp. ii. 53.

    [252] Soranus, like Thrasea, was a Stoic who opposed the
          government mainly on moral grounds.  The story of their end is
          told in the Annals, Book XVI.  Sentius was presumably another
          member of their party.

    [253] He refers to Augustus’ regularization of the principate.

    [254] Fifty-nine.

    [255] The administration of this office was changed several
          times in the first century of the empire.  Here we have a
          reversion to Augustus’ second plan.  Trajan restored Augustus’
          original plan—­also adopted by Nero—­of appointing special
          Treasury officials from the ex-praetors.

    [256] His offence lay in assigning to the emperor a merely
          secondary position.

    [257] His ill-timed advocacy of Stoicism is mentioned iii. 81.

    [258] Described in the Annals, xvi. 32.

    [259] The description of this is postponed to chap. 40.  Celer
          was convicted.

    [260] C. Piso had conspired against Nero, A.D. 65.

    [261] They had both abandoned their camp at Narnia (cp. iii. 61).

    [262] Cp. ii. 57.

    [263] i.e. he was crucified.


The growing rumour of a reverse in Germany[264] had not as yet 12 caused any alarm in Rome.  People alluded to the loss of armies, the capture of the legions’ winter quarters, the defection of the Gallic provinces as matters of indifference.  I must now go back and explain the origin of this war, and of the widespread rebellion of foreign and allied tribes which now broke into flame.

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