Tacitus: The Histories, Volumes I and II eBook

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    [340] The meaning seems to be that Caecina indulged the men in
          order to win popularity, Valens in order to obtain licence for
          his own dishonesty.

    [341] He had depleted them by sending detachments forward with
          Valens and Caecina (see i. 61).

    [342] One of the vilest and most hated of imperial menials
          (see chap. 95, and iv. 11).  The gold ring was a token of
          equestrian rank (cp. i. 13).

    [343] Caesariensis (Fez) and Tingitana (Morocco).  They had
          been imperial provinces since A.D. 40.

    [344] See i. 8.

    [345] Gemina.

    [346] The military titles here used have a technical meaning
          which translation cannot convey.  A senior centurion (cp. note
          57) could rise to the command of an auxiliary cohort, like the
          Festus and Scipio here mentioned (praefecti cohortium).  The
          next step would be to tribunus legionis, and from that again
          to praefectus alae.  This was Pollio’s position, the highest
          open to any but soldiers of senatorial rank.

    [347] Saone.

    [348] He was so poor, says Suetonius, that he had no money to
          take him out to Germany, when appointed to that province.  He
          had to let his house and hire a garret for his wife and
          family, and to pawn one of his mother’s pearl ear-rings.

    [349] Aged 6.

    [350] Cp. i. 62.

    [351] He was executed by Mucianus (iv. 80).

    [352] He postponed the hearing of their case, and thus, as
          accused persons, they had by custom to wear mourning.

    [353] Cp. i. 77.

    [354] Cp. i. 90.  As Trachalus’ gentile name was Galerius, she
          was presumably a relative.

    [355] Between the Loire and the Allier.

    [356] Mariccus being a provincial ‘of no family’, Tacitus
          hardly likes to mention him.

    [357] The word trahebat may here mean ‘began to plunder’,
          but this seems less likely.

    [358] This punishment seems to have been reserved,
          appropriately enough, for those who stirred up popular
          sedition.

    [359] From Vitellius’ point of view the Othonians were rebels,
          since he had been declared emperor before Otho:  or else as
          rebels against Galba.

    [360] Cp. i. 22.

    [361] i.e. as gladiators.  Juvenal says this is what the
          spendthrifts come to:  and also that they would do it for
          money, without any Nero to compel them.  On the whole the
          bankrupt rich preferred ‘knock-about comedy’ to the very real
          dangers of a combat.

    [362] i. 88.

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