Tacitus: The Histories, Volumes I and II eBook

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    [342] See chap. 39.

    [343] See chap. 10.

    [344] i.e.  Publius Celer.  As this Demetrius was present with
          Thrasea at the end, holding high philosophical discourse with
          him (Ann. xvi. 34), he seems to have been a Cynic in the
          modern sense as well.

    [345] Another Stoic malcontent, brother of the Arulenus
          Rusticus mentioned in iii. 80.

    [346] According to Dio they were two devoted and inseparable
          brothers.  They became governors, one of Upper and the other of
          Lower Germany, and, being wealthy, were forced by Nero to
          commit suicide.

    [347] Cp. ii. 10.

    [348] Cp. iii. 9.

    [349] Cp. i. 48, note 79.

    [350] Twenty-five.

    [351] Piso was a brother of Regulus’ victim.  He was therefore
          glad to see him incapable of reprisal.

    [352] i.e. there was no property left to tempt Nero.

    [353] i.e. the money and other rewards won by prosecuting
          Crassus and Orfitus.

    [354] Nero.

    [355] He had recited some libellous verses on Nero and been
          condemned for treason.

    [356] Cp. ii. 67.

    [357] i.e. those who had surrendered at Narnia and Bovillae,
          as distinct from those who had been discharged after Galba’s

    [358] Chap. 2.

    [359] i.e. those who were either over fifty or had served in
          the Guards sixteen or in a legion twenty years.

    [360] See iii. 74.

    [361] See chap. 38.

    [362] Africa was peculiar in that the pro-consul, who governed
          it for the senate, commanded an army.  All the other provinces
          demanding military protection were under imperial control. 
          Caligula, without withdrawing the province from the senate, in
          some degree regularized the anomaly by transferring this
          command to a ‘legate’ of his own, technically inferior to the
          civil governor.

    [363] Whereas the pro-consul’s appointment was for one year
          only, the emperor’s legate retained his post at the emperor’s
          pleasure, and was usually given several years.

    [364] Cp. ii. 98.

    [365] See i. 70.

    [366] See chap. 11.

    [367] i.e. he hoped that Piso would accept the story with
          alacrity and thus commit himself.

    [368] Cp. i. 7.

    [369] Under Domitian he became one of the most notorious and
          dreaded of informers.  His name doubtless recurred in the lost
          books of the Histories.  But the only other extant mention of
          him by Tacitus is in the life of Agricola (chap. 45).

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