Tacitus: The Histories, Volumes I and II eBook

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    [363] Cp. i. 80.

    [364] Terni.

    [365] Cp. i. 62.

    [366] See chap. 58.

    [367] i.e. the property, not of Vitellius personally, but of
          the imperial household.

    [368] He would entertain some natural doubt as to who was
          emperor.  The incriminating suggestion is that he meant to
          insert his own name.

    [369] In the Annals Tacitus mentions Tiberius’ habit of
          appointing provincial governors without any intention of
          allowing them to leave Rome.  See Ann. i. 80, vi. 27.

    [370] See i. 60.

    [371] See chap. 43.

    [372] See i. 59, 64, ii. 27.

    [373] Augusta Taurinorum.

    [374] Little St. Bernard.

    [375] See i. 65.  The legions there might make common cause
          with them.

    [376] They had suffered once already (see i. 65, 66).

    [377] This meant about L200 to every man who had done sixteen
          years’ service.

    [378] i.e. the Eleventh to Dalmatia, the Seventh to Pannonia.

    [379] Literally, enjoy dinner-parties beginning at an early
          hour, i.e. before two o’clock.  This was considered ‘fast’.

    [380] The word here used by Tacitus, pervigilia, properly
          denotes all-night religious festivals.  But—­like Irish
          wakes—­such festivals tended to deteriorate, and the word
          acquired a sinister sense.

    [381] See i. 6 and 8.

    [382] Because they had seized one of Verginius’ slaves, as
          described in the last chapter.

    [383] The revolt of Civilis described in Book IV.  His force
          included Roman legionaries as well as Batavians, Gauls, and

    [384] The word ‘rex’ had still an ‘unroman’ sound.

    [385] Cremona was sacked and burnt in the following October
          (cp. iii. 32 f.).

    [386] Literally, the tribunes of the legions and the prefects
          of the auxiliaries.

    [387] A friend told Plutarch that he had seen on this
          battle-field a pile of corpses so high that they reached the
          pediment of an ancient temple which stood there.

    [388] Suetonius attributes to him the remark, ’A dead enemy
          smells good, a dead Roman better.’

    [389] Their names are given i. 77.

    [390] Dio tells us that he and his father were murdered by
          Nero’s slave Helios.  He was probably related to M. Licinius
          Crassus Frugi, who was convicted of treason against Nero (see
          note 79), and to Piso, Galba’s adopted successor.


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