The history of tacitus

One of these men, Valens, had taken offence against Galba, under the notion that he had not shewn proper gratitude for his services in discovering to him the hesitation of Verginius and crushing the plans of Capito.

It is said of Piso that he betrayed no discomposure or excessive joy, either to the gaze to which he was immediately subjected, or afterwards when all eyes were turned upon him. Only a few were admitted to be accomplices in the plot, but they worked by various devices on the wavering minds of the remainder; on the more distinguished soldiers, by hinting that the favours of Nymphidius had subjected them to suspicion; on the vulgar herd, by the anger and despair with which the repeated postponement of the donative had inspired them.

Piso, who was then completing his thirty-first year, had enjoyed more fame than good fortune. No one cared about the amount of the tax, or the way in which it was raised.

But separated as these armies were by long distances, a thing of all others the most favourable for keeping troops to their duty, they could neither communicate their vices, nor combine their strength.

Thirty Roman Knights were appointed to conduct the process of recovery, a novel office, and made burdensome by the number and intriguing practices of those with whom it had to deal. Do you tolerate the precedent. The choice which begins with us will be a substitute for freedom. Bonner, Roman Declamationand Martin L.

It is not to war or to danger that I invite you; the swords of all Roman soldiers are with us. Meanwhile the expectant people had surrounded the palace, impatient to learn the great secret, and those who sought to stifle the ill-concealed rumour did but spread it the more.

Well-known supporters of the former regime like Tacitus and his friend Pliny the Younger were able to continue their career, but must have felt embarrassed. The real power of the Empire was divided between T. Otho had long been courting the affections of the soldiery, either in the hope of succeeding to the throne, or in preparation for some desperate act.

All the provinces waver in their allegiance. This is highly conjectural, but there is no doubt that Christian apocalyptic contains no shortage of derogatory references to Rome and gloating predictions of its destruction. The Annals and the Histories by Alfred J.

Tacitus first had to determine the factual reliability and political attitude of his authorities and then to adjust his own general conception of the empire, in case it was anachronistic, to the earlier conditions.

His character was of an average kind, rather free from vices, than distinguished by virtues. This, which we may almost call a public bounty, Otho followed up by presents more privately bestowed on individuals; nay he bribed with such spirit, that, finding there was a dispute between Cocceius Proculus, a soldier of the bodyguard, and one of his neighbours, about some part of their boundaries, he purchased with his own money the neighbour's entire estate, and made a present of it to the soldier.

If we must fall, let us go to meet the danger. Do not however be alarmed, if, after a movement which has shaken the world, two legions are not yet quiet. Tacitus records that Claudius was the ruler who gave procurators governing power.

The first one, by a British nobleman named Calgacus, contains a series of reproaches: Many of these men were attached to the secret councils of Poppaea and were the vilest tools in the employ of the imperial household.

Some were fired by their recollections of Nero and their longing regrets for their old license.

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The alarm of the capital, which trembled to see the atrocity of these recent crimes, and to think of the old character of Otho, was heightened into terror by the fresh news about Vitellius, news which had been suppressed before the murder of Galba, in order to make it appear that only the army of Upper Germany had revolted.

Gaining credit by the result, and arguing from his own conjectures and from the common talk of those who compared Galba's age with Otho's youth, he had persuaded the latter that he would be called to the throne. Eddy and Gregory A. His resources soon failed, and his position became precarious, and as he also suspected that Claudius had taken some offence, he withdrew into a retired part of Asia, and was as like an exile, as he was afterwards like an emperor.

Those Gallic states, however, which were nearest to the armies of Germany, had not been treated with the same respect, and had even in some cases been deprived of their territory; and these were reckoning the gains of others and their own losses with equal indignation.

This training was a systematic preparation for administrative office. Africa and its legions, now that Clodius Macer was dead, were disposed to be content with any emperor, after having experienced the rule of a smaller tyrant.

Perhaps his picture of the emperor Tiberius in the Annals owed something to his exercise on Domitian. Comparisons of the Histories of Livy and Tacitus: A Glimpse into the Decline of the Roman Empire?

In examining the histories presented by Livy and Tacitus, it is crucial to take into account the agendas of the respective authors. Tacitus >Tacitus (c. 56/ca. ) was a Roman orator and historian. In a life that >spanned the reigns of the Flavian emperors and of Trajan and Hadrian, he >played a part in the public life of Rome and became its greatest historian.

Tacitus's Agricola, written in about A.D. 98, is described by Michael Grant as "semi-biographical, moral eulogy of a personage"-- in this case, his father-in-law.

In the process of writing about his father-in-law, Tacitus provided a history and description of Britain. Then too the truthfulness of history was impaired in many ways; at first, through men's ignorance of public affairs, which were now wholly strange to them, then, through their passion for flattery, or, on the other hand, their hatred of their masters.

Complete Works of Tacitus * The Annals * The History * The Life of Cnaeus Julius Agricola * Germany and its Tribes * A Dialogue on Oratory [Tacitus, Moses Hadas, Alfred John Church, William Jackson Brodribb] on *FREE* 4/5(13). Tacitus was about seven years old at the time of the Great Fire of Rome, and like other Romans as he grew up he would have most likely heard about the fire that destroyed most of the city, and Nero's accusations against Christians.

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