Tacitus: The Histories, Volumes I and II eBook

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of two triremes from the fleet at Misenum.  It so happened that with these he touched at Cythnus.  The rebels lost no time in appealing to the ship’s captains in the name of Nero.  The pretender, assuming an air of melancholy, appealed to ‘the loyalty of his former soldiers’, and begged them to establish him in Syria or Egypt.  The captains either from sympathy or guile alleged that they must talk to their men, and would come back when they had prepared all their minds.  However, they faithfully made a full report to Asprenas, on whose instructions they boarded the ship and killed the impostor, whoever he was.  The man’s eyes and hair and ferocious look were so remarkable that the body was carried into Asia and thence to Rome.


    [201] The Flavian dynasty.  Vespasian and Titus brought the
          happiness, Domitian the misery.

    [202] Cp. i. 10.

    [203] He was 30.

    [204] i.e. to Galba.

    [205] She was the granddaughter of Herod the Great, and lived
          with her brother, Herod Agrippa (cp. chap. 81), ruler of
          Peraea.  They heard St. Paul at Caesarea.  She had married first
          her uncle, Herod Agrippa, prince of Chalcis; then Polemo II,
          king of Pontus, whom she left.  She was known to have visited
          Titus in Rome, and he was said to have promised her marriage.

    [206] i.e. across the open sea.

    [207] In Cyprus.

    [208] Another mythical king of Cyprus.  Hesychius calls him a
          son of Apollo, and Ovid makes him the father of Adonis.

    [209] From the flight and cries of birds.

    [210] i.e. the Tamiradae.

    [211] i.e. a conical stone.

    [212] Cp. v. 10.

    [213] See i. 10 and 76.

    [214] Reading inexperti belli rubor (Andresen).

    [215] Of Pontus, Syria, and Egypt.

    [216] Antiochus of Commagene (between Syria and Cappadocia),
          Agrippa of Peraea (east of Jordan), and Sohaemus of Sophene
          (on the Upper Euphrates, round the sources of the Tigris).  See
          chap. 81.

    [217] Which dethroned Nero.

    [218] III Cyrenaica, XXII Deiotariana.

    [219] Titus and their officers and friends.

    [220] These accounts are lost.  There was one such attempt
          under Domitian and another under Titus.  The Christians
          expected him to re-appear as Antichrist.

    [221] Thermia.

    [222] See i. 54.

    [223] These with Lycia at this date formed a single imperial


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