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Seneca The Younger, Apocolocyntosis, 6


nanHe would have taken in poor simple Hercules, but that Febris was there, who left her temple and came alone with him: all the other gods he had left at Rome. Quoth she, "The fellow's tale is nothing but lies. I have lived with him all these years, and I tell you, he was born at Lyons. You behold a fellow-burgess of Marcus. As I say, he was born at the sixteenth milestone from Vienne, a native Gaul. So of course he took Rome, as a good Gaul ought to do. I pledge you my word that in Lyons he was born, where Licinus was king so many years. But you that have trudged over more roads than any muleteer that plies for hire, you must have come across the people of Lyons, and you must know that it is a far cry from Xanthus to the Rhone." At this point Claudius flared up, and expressed his wrath with as big a growl as he could manage. What he said nobody understood; as a matter of fact, he was ordering my lady of Fever to be taken away, and making that sign with his trembling hand (which was always steady enough for that, if for nothing else) by which he used to decapitate men. He had ordered her head to be chopped off. For all the notice the others took of him, they might have been his own freedmen.


Intertexts (texts cited often on the same page as the searched text):

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1. Juvenal, Satires, 6, 1 (1st cent. CE - 2nd cent. CE)

2. Seneca The Younger, Apocolocyntosis, 9.3 (1st cent. CE - 1st cent. CE)

3. Seneca The Younger, De Clementia, 1.12.4, 1.18.2, 1.25.1, 2.2.2 (1st cent. CE - 1st cent. CE)

4. Seneca The Younger, On Anger, 1.20.4 (1st cent. CE - 1st cent. CE)

5. Suetonius, Caligula, 30.1 (1st cent. CE - 2nd cent. CE)

6. Suetonius, Claudius, 29.1, 35.1 (1st cent. CE - 2nd cent. CE)

7. Tacitus, Annals, 1.6, 11.28 (1st cent. CE - 2nd cent. CE)

1.6.  The opening crime of the new principate was the murder of Agrippa Postumus; who, though off his guard and without weapons, was with difficulty dispatched by a resolute centurion. In the senate Tiberius made no reference to the subject: his pretence was an order from his father, instructing the tribune in charge to lose no time in making away with his prisoner, once he himself should have looked his last on the world. It was beyond question that by his frequent and bitter strictures on the youth's character Augustus had procured the senatorial decree for his exile: on the other hand, at no time did he harden his heart to the killing of a relative, and it remained incredible that he should have sacrificed the life of a grandchild in order to diminish the anxieties of a stepson. More probably, Tiberius and Livia, actuated in the one case by fear, and in the other by stepmotherly dislike, hurriedly procured the murder of a youth whom they suspected and detested. To the centurion who brought the usual military report, the emperor rejoined that he had given no instructions and the deed would have to be accounted for in the senate. The remark came to the ears of Sallustius Crispus. A partner in the imperial secrets — it was he who had forwarded the note to the tribune — he feared the charge might be fastened on himself, with the risks equally great whether he spoke the truth or lied. He therefore advised Livia not to publish the mysteries of the palace, the counsels of her friends, the services of the soldiery; and also to watch that Tiberius did not weaken the powers of the throne by referring everything and all things to the senate:— "It was a condition of sovereignty that the account balanced only if rendered to a single auditor. 11.28.  A shudder, then, had passed through the imperial household. In particular, the holders of power with all to fear from a reversal of the established order, gave voice to their indignation, no longer in private colloquies, but without disguise:— "Whilst an actor profaned the imperial bedchamber, humiliation might have been inflicted, but destruction had still been in the far distance. Now, with his stately presence, his vigour of mind, and his impending consulate, a youthful noble was girding himself to a greater ambition — for the sequel of such a marriage was no mystery!" Fear beyond doubt came over them when they considered the hebetude of Claudius, his bondage to his wife, and the many murders perpetrated at the fiat of Messalina. Yet, again, the very pliancy of the emperor gave ground for confidence that, if they carried the day thanks to the atrocity of the charge, they might crush her by making her condemnation precede her trial. But the critical question, they realized, was whether Claudius would give a hearing to her defence, and whether they would be able to close his ears even to her confession.


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addressee, victimization of Keane, Juvenal and the Satiric Emotions (2015) 71
adjudication, adjudicating Tuori, The Emperor of Law: The Emergence of Roman Imperial Adjudication< (2016) 137
adviser, satirist as, on marriage Keane, Juvenal and the Satiric Emotions (2015) 71
agrippina Keane, Juvenal and the Satiric Emotions (2015) 71
anger, and women Keane, Juvenal and the Satiric Emotions (2015) 71
archive Tacoma, Cicero and Roman Education: The Reception of the Speeches and Ancient Scholarship (2020) 28
audience Pinheiro et al., Cultural Crossroads in the Ancient Novel (2018) 173
augustus Pinheiro et al., Cultural Crossroads in the Ancient Novel (2018) 173; Tuori, The Emperor of Law: The Emergence of Roman Imperial Adjudication< (2016) 137
authority Tuori, The Emperor of Law: The Emergence of Roman Imperial Adjudication< (2016) 137
britons Tacoma, Models from the Past in Roman Culture: A World of Exempla (2016) 209
caligula Tuori, The Emperor of Law: The Emergence of Roman Imperial Adjudication< (2016) 137
cicero Tuori, The Emperor of Law: The Emergence of Roman Imperial Adjudication< (2016) 137
citizenship Tacoma, Models from the Past in Roman Culture: A World of Exempla (2016) 209
claudius Keane, Juvenal and the Satiric Emotions (2015) 71; Tacoma, Cicero and Roman Education: The Reception of the Speeches and Ancient Scholarship (2020) 28; Tuori, The Emperor of Law: The Emergence of Roman Imperial Adjudication< (2016) 137
clemency Tuori, The Emperor of Law: The Emergence of Roman Imperial Adjudication< (2016) 137
clementia Tuori, The Emperor of Law: The Emergence of Roman Imperial Adjudication< (2016) 137
commodus Tacoma, Cicero and Roman Education: The Reception of the Speeches and Ancient Scholarship (2020) 28
debate, space for Tacoma, Cicero and Roman Education: The Reception of the Speeches and Ancient Scholarship (2020) 28
emotion, infection with Keane, Juvenal and the Satiric Emotions (2015) 71
ethics Tuori, The Emperor of Law: The Emergence of Roman Imperial Adjudication< (2016) 137
ethnicity Tacoma, Models from the Past in Roman Culture: A World of Exempla (2016) 209
expulsions Tacoma, Models from the Past in Roman Culture: A World of Exempla (2016) 209
father Tuori, The Emperor of Law: The Emergence of Roman Imperial Adjudication< (2016) 137
gauls Tacoma, Models from the Past in Roman Culture: A World of Exempla (2016) 209
gift Tuori, The Emperor of Law: The Emergence of Roman Imperial Adjudication< (2016) 137
greeks Tacoma, Models from the Past in Roman Culture: A World of Exempla (2016) 209
homer Pinheiro et al., Cultural Crossroads in the Ancient Novel (2018) 173
humour Tacoma, Cicero and Roman Education: The Reception of the Speeches and Ancient Scholarship (2020) 28
indignatio, in satiric plot Keane, Juvenal and the Satiric Emotions (2015) 71
julius caesar Tuori, The Emperor of Law: The Emergence of Roman Imperial Adjudication< (2016) 137
jupiter Tacoma, Cicero and Roman Education: The Reception of the Speeches and Ancient Scholarship (2020) 28
justice Tuori, The Emperor of Law: The Emergence of Roman Imperial Adjudication< (2016) 137
king Tuori, The Emperor of Law: The Emergence of Roman Imperial Adjudication< (2016) 137
law Tuori, The Emperor of Law: The Emergence of Roman Imperial Adjudication< (2016) 137
marriage Keane, Juvenal and the Satiric Emotions (2015) 71
masculinity Keane, Juvenal and the Satiric Emotions (2015) 71
menippean satire Tacoma, Cicero and Roman Education: The Reception of the Speeches and Ancient Scholarship (2020) 28
messalina Keane, Juvenal and the Satiric Emotions (2015) 71
migrant identity Tacoma, Models from the Past in Roman Culture: A World of Exempla (2016) 209
moral Tuori, The Emperor of Law: The Emergence of Roman Imperial Adjudication< (2016) 137
myth, in rhetorical education Keane, Juvenal and the Satiric Emotions (2015) 71
nero Pinheiro et al., Cultural Crossroads in the Ancient Novel (2018) 173; Tuori, The Emperor of Law: The Emergence of Roman Imperial Adjudication< (2016) 137
pleasure Keane, Juvenal and the Satiric Emotions (2015) 71
power Tuori, The Emperor of Law: The Emergence of Roman Imperial Adjudication< (2016) 137
rhetorical education, controversiae and suasoriae Keane, Juvenal and the Satiric Emotions (2015) 71
seneca the elder Tuori, The Emperor of Law: The Emergence of Roman Imperial Adjudication< (2016) 137
seneca the younger Pinheiro et al., Cultural Crossroads in the Ancient Novel (2018) 173
suetonius Tuori, The Emperor of Law: The Emergence of Roman Imperial Adjudication< (2016) 137
tribune Tuori, The Emperor of Law: The Emergence of Roman Imperial Adjudication< (2016) 137
troy Pinheiro et al., Cultural Crossroads in the Ancient Novel (2018) 173
virtue' Tuori, The Emperor of Law: The Emergence of Roman Imperial Adjudication< (2016) 137