Tacitus: The Histories, Volumes I and II eBook

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    [388] See chap. 36.

    [389] Cp. ii. 14.

    [390] i.e. he was to prevent any incursions from Germany along
          the frontier of his canton, between Bingen and Coblenz.

    [391] At Mainz.

    [392] Chap. 18.

    [393] These tribes lived between the Maas and the Scheldt, and
          the Marsaci were round the mouth of the Scheldt.

    [394] Civilis, again besieging Vetera (chap. 36).

    [395] i.e. from the rest of Vocula’s force, which they had not
          yet deserted.

    [396] The Aedui, one of the most powerful of the Gallic
          tribes, living between the Saone and the Loire had revolted in
          A.D. 21, and held out for a short time at their chief town

    [397] This had only been granted to a few tribes who had
          helped in crushing Vindex (see i. 8 and 51).  The Treviri and
          Lingones had been punished.  But it is a good rhetorical point.

    [398] His presumption took away his breath.

    [399] i.e. artificially reddened according to a Gallic custom.

    [400] Cp. chap. 69.

    [401] Under Vespasian she inspired another rebellion and was
          brought as a captive to Rome, where she aroused much polite

    [402] Windisch.

    [403] From the standards.

    [404] Claudius the Holy; lucus a non lucendo.

    [405] An auxiliary squadron of Italian horse, originally
          raised, we may suppose, by a provincial governor who was a
          native of Picenum.

    [406] The Ubii were distrusted as having taken the name
          Agrippinenses and become in some degree Romanized.  The town
          was strongly walled, and Germans from outside only admitted on
          payment and under Roman supervision.

    [407] See chap. 21.

    [408] Not, of course, to be taken literally.  ’The Germans do
          no business public or private except in full armour,’ says
          Tacitus in the Germania.  So to them ‘unarmed’ meant

    [409] i.e. the veterans whom Agrippina had sent out to her
          birthplace in A.D. 50.

    [410] West of the Ubii, between the Roer and the Maas.

    [411] See chap. 56.

    [412] Cp. chap. 55.

    [413] e.g. the inscriptions recording the terms of alliance
          granted to the Lingones by Rome.

    [414] Round Vesontio (Besancon).

    [415] The story, which Tacitus presumably told in the lost
          part of his History, dealing with the end of Vespasian’s
          reign, is mentioned both by Plutarch and Dio.  Sabinus and his
          wife lived for nine years in an underground cave, where two
          sons were born to them.  They were eventually discovered and

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