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Suetonius, Iulius, 44


nan In particular, for the adornment and convenience of the city, also for the protection and extension of the Empire, he formed more projects and more extensive ones every day: first of all, to rear a temple of Mars, greater than any in existence, filling up and levelling the pool in which he had exhibited the sea-fight, and to build a theatre of vast size, sloping down from the Tarpeian rock;, to reduce the civil code to fixed limits, and of the vast and prolix mass of statutes to include only the best and most essential in a limited number of volumes; to open to the public the greatest possible libraries of Greek and Latin books, assigning to Marcus Varro the charge of procuring and classifying them;, to drain the Pomptine marshes; to let out the water from Lake Fucinus; to make a highway from the Adriatic across the summit of the Apennines as far as the Tiber; to cut a canal through the Isthmus; to check the Dacians, who had poured into Pontus and Thrace; then to make war on the Parthians by way of Lesser Armenia, but not to risk a battle with them until he had first tested their mettle., All these enterprises and plans were cut short by his death. But before I speak of that, it will not be amiss to describe briefly his personal appearance, his dress, his mode of life, and his character, as well as his conduct in civil and military life.


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1. Sophocles, Oedipus The King, 169-186, 168 (5th cent. BCE - 5th cent. BCE)

2. Cicero, Brutus, 205 (2nd cent. BCE - 1st cent. BCE)

205. sulpici orationes quae feruntur, eas post mortem eius scripsisse P. Cannutius Canutius vulg. putatur aequalis meus, homo extra nostrum ordinem meo iudicio disertissimus. Ipsius Sulpici nulla oratio est, saepeque ex eo audivi, cum se scribere neque consuesse neque posse diceret. Cottae pro se lege Varia quae inscribitur, eam L. Aelius scripsit Cottae rogatu. Fuit is omnino vir egregius et eques Romanus cum primis honestus idemque eruditissimus et Graecis litteris et Latinis, antiquitatisque nostrae et in inventis rebus et in actis scriptorumque veterum litterate peritus. Quam scientiam Varro noster acceptam ab illo auctamque per sese, vir ingenio praestans omnique doctrina, pluribus et inlustrioribus litteris explicavit.
3. Cicero, Brutus, 205 (2nd cent. BCE - 1st cent. BCE)

205. sulpici orationes quae feruntur, eas post mortem eius scripsisse P. Cannutius Canutius vulg. putatur aequalis meus, homo extra nostrum ordinem meo iudicio disertissimus. Ipsius Sulpici nulla oratio est, saepeque ex eo audivi, cum se scribere neque consuesse neque posse diceret. Cottae pro se lege Varia quae inscribitur, eam L. Aelius scripsit Cottae rogatu. Fuit is omnino vir egregius et eques Romanus cum primis honestus idemque eruditissimus et Graecis litteris et Latinis, antiquitatisque nostrae et in inventis rebus et in actis scriptorumque veterum litterate peritus. Quam scientiam Varro noster acceptam ab illo auctamque per sese, vir ingenio praestans omnique doctrina, pluribus et inlustrioribus litteris explicavit.
4. Cicero, On Divination, 1.68, 2.114 (2nd cent. BCE - 1st cent. BCE)

1.68. At ex te ipso non commenticiam rem, sed factam eiusdem generis audivi: C. Coponium ad te venisse Dyrrhachium, cum praetorio imperio classi Rhodiae praeesset, cumprime hominem prudentem atque doctum, eumque dixisse remigem quendam e quinqueremi Rhodiorum vaticinatum madefactum iri minus xxx diebus Graeciam sanguine, rapinas Dyrrhachii et conscensionem in naves cum fuga fugientibusque miserabilem respectum incendiorum fore, sed Rhodiorum classi propinquum reditum ac domum itionem dari; tum neque te ipsum non esse commotum Marcumque Varronem et M. Catonem, qui tum ibi erant, doctos homines, vehementer esse perterritos; paucis sane post diebus ex Pharsalia fuga venisse Labienum; qui cum interitum exercitus nuntiavisset, reliqua vaticinationis brevi esse confecta. 2.114. Quid? inquies, remex ille de classe Coponii nonne ea praedixit, quae facta sunt? Ille vero, et ea quidem, quae omnes eo tempore ne acciderent timebamus. Castra enim in Thessalia castris conlata audiebamus, videbaturque nobis exercitus Caesaris et audaciae plus habere, quippe qui patriae bellum intulisset, et roboris propter vetustatem; casum autem proelii nemo nostrum erat quin timeret, sed, ita ut constantibus hominibus par erat, non aperte. Ille autem Graecus, quid mirum, si magnitudine timoris, ut plerumque fit, a constantia atque a mente atque a se ipse discessit? qua perturbatione animi, quae, sanus cum esset, timebat ne evenirent, ea demens eventura esse dicebat. Utrum tandem, per deos atque homines! magis veri simile est vesanum remigem an aliquem nostrum, qui ibi tum eramus, me, Catonem, Varronem, Coponium ipsum, consilia deorum inmortalium perspicere potuisse? 1.68. I seem to be relying for illustrations on myths drawn from tragic poets. But you yourself are my authority for an instance of the same nature, and yet it is not fiction but a real occurrence. Gaius Coponius, a man of unusual capacity and learning, came to you at Dyrrachium while he, as praetor, was in command of the Rhodian fleet, and told you of a prediction made by a certain oarsman from one of the Rhodian quinqueremes. The prediction was that in less than thirty days Greece would be bathed in blood; Dyrrachium would be pillaged; its defenders would flee to their ships and, as they fled, would see behind them the unhappy spectacle of a great conflagration; but the Rhodian fleet would have a quick passage home. This story gave you some concern, and it caused very great alarm to those cultured men, Marcus Varro and Marcus Cato, who were at Dyrrachium at the time. In fact, a few days later Labienus reached Dyrrachium in flight from Pharsalus, with the news of the loss of the army. The rest of the prophecy was soon fulfilled. 2.114. Oh! but what about that oarsman in Coponiuss fleet, you say, didnt he truly foretell what afterwards came to pass? He did indeed, and the very things that all of us at the time feared would happen. For news was coming to us that the armies of Caesar and Pompey were facing each other in Thessaly. We thought that Caesars troops had more reckless courage because they were fighting against their country and greater strength because of their long military training. Besides there was not one of us who did not dread the outcome of the battle, but our apprehension was not openly shown and was such as not to be discreditable to men of strong character. As for that Greek sailor, is it strange if, in the extremity of his fear, he, as most people do in such cases, lost his courage, reason, and self-control? In his mental excitement and aberration, he merely stated that things would occur, which, when he was himself, he feared would come to pass. In heavens name, pray tell me, then, which you think was more likely to have had the power to interpret the decrees of the immortal gods — that crazy sailor, or someone of our party then on the ground — Cato, Varro, Coponius or I? [56]
5. Julius Caesar, De Bello Civli, 1.38, 2.18, 2.21 (1st cent. BCE - 1st cent. BCE)

6. Ovid, Tristia, 3.1.71-3.1.72 (1st cent. BCE - 1st cent. CE)

7. Strabo, Geography, 5.3.1 (1st cent. BCE - 1st cent. BCE)

5.3.1. The Sabini occupy a narrow country, its length from the Tiber and the small city of Nomentum to the Vestini being 1000 stadia. They have but few cities, and these have suffered severely in their continual wars [with the Romans]. Such are Amiternum and Reate, which is near to the village of Interocrea and the cold waters at Cotyliae, which are taken by patients, both as drink and as baths, for the cure of various maladies. The rocks of Foruli, likewise, belong to the Sabini; fitted rather for rebellion than peaceable habitation. Cures is now a small village, although formerly a famous city: whence came Titus Tatius and Numa Pompilius, kings of Rome. From this place is derived the name of Quirites, which the orators give to the Romans when they address the people. Trebula, Eretum, and other similar places, must be looked upon rather as villages than cities. The whole land [of Sabina] is singularly fertile in olive-trees and vines, it produces also many acorns, and besides has excellent cattle: the mules bred at Reate are much celebrated. In one word, the whole of Italy is rich both in cattle and vegetable productions; although certain articles may be finer in some districts than in others. The race of the Sabini is extremely ancient, they are Autochthones. The Picentini and Samnitae descend from them, as do the Leucani from these latter, and the Bruttii again from these. A proof of their antiquity may be found in the bravery and valour which they have maintained till the present time. Fabius, the historian, says that the Romans first knew what wealth was when they became masters of this nation. The Via Salaria, which however does not extend far, runs through their country: the Via Nomentana, which commences likewise at the Porta Collina, falls in with the Via Salaria near to Eretum, a village of Sabina lying above the Tiber.
8. Pliny The Elder, Natural History, 7.115, 35.9-35.11 (1st cent. CE - 1st cent. CE)

9. Suetonius, Augustus, 29.5 (1st cent. CE - 2nd cent. CE)

10. Suetonius, Iulius, 77 (1st cent. CE - 2nd cent. CE)

11. Tacitus, Histories, 4.68 (1st cent. CE - 2nd cent. CE)

4.68.  But at Rome all the news from Gaul was exaggerated for the worse and caused Mucianus anxiety lest even distinguished generals — for he had already selected Gallus Annius and Petilius Cerialis — should not be able to support the whole burden of this great war. He could not leave the city without a head; and he looked with anxiety on the unbridled passions of Domitian, while he suspected, as I have said, Primus Antonius and Varus Arrius. Varus, at the head of the praetorian guard, still had control of an armed force: Mucianus removed him, but, to avoid leaving him with no solace, placed him in charge of the supply of grain. And to pacify Domitian's feelings, which were not unfavourable to Varus, he put in command of the praetorians Arrecinus Clemens, who was connected with Vespasian's house by marriage and beloved by Domitian, dwelling on the fact that Clemens's father had held the same office with distinction under Gaius Caesar, that his name was popular with the soldiers, and that Clemens himself, although of senatorial rank, was equal to the duties of prefect as well as to those of his own class. All the most eminent citizens were enrolled for the expedition, others at their own solicitation. So Domitian and Mucianus were making ready to set out, but with different feelings; Domitian being eager with youthful hope, Mucianus contriving delays to check the other's ardour for fear that, if he once got control of the army, his youthful impetuosity and his evil counsellors would make him a peril to peace and war alike. The victorious legions, the Eighth, Eleventh, Thirteenth, and the Twenty-first, which had been of the Vitellian party, as well as the Second, lately enlisted, were led into Gaul, part over the Pennine and Cottian Alps, part over the Graian; the Fourteenth legion was called from Britain, the Sixth and First were summoned from Spain. So when the news of the approaching army got abroad, the Gallic states that naturally inclined to milder courses assembled among the Remi. A delegation of the Treviri was waiting for them there, led by Julius Valentinus, the most fiery advocate of war. In a studied speech he poured forth all the common charges against great empires, and heaped insults and invectives on the Roman people, being a speaker well fitted to stir up trouble and revolt, and popular with the mass of his hearers for his mad eloquence.
12. Isidore of Seville, Etymologies, 6.5.1-6.5.2 (6th cent. CE - 7th cent. CE)



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adriatic sea Roller, A Guide to the Geography of Pliny the Elder (2022) 164
aequicoli Roller, A Guide to the Geography of Pliny the Elder (2022) 164
aequiculani Roller, A Guide to the Geography of Pliny the Elder (2022) 164
aeschylus (tragic poet), portraits of Csapo et al., Theatre and Autocracy in the Ancient World (2022) 157
alcaeus (lyric poet), statue of Csapo et al., Theatre and Autocracy in the Ancient World (2022) 157
alexandria, library of Csapo et al., Theatre and Autocracy in the Ancient World (2022) 157
anio river Roller, A Guide to the Geography of Pliny the Elder (2022) 164
antiochus of ascalon Nelsestuen, Varro the Agronomist: Political Philosophy, Satire, and Agriculture in the Late Republic (2015) 6
antisthenes (philosopher), portraits of Csapo et al., Theatre and Autocracy in the Ancient World (2022) 157
apeliotes wind Roller, A Guide to the Geography of Pliny the Elder (2022) 164
apennines Roller, A Guide to the Geography of Pliny the Elder (2022) 164
asinius pollio (politician and writer), library of Csapo et al., Theatre and Autocracy in the Ancient World (2022) 157
aternus river Roller, A Guide to the Geography of Pliny the Elder (2022) 164
atticus (titus pomponius) Csapo et al., Theatre and Autocracy in the Ancient World (2022) 157
authors Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 762
avens river Roller, A Guide to the Geography of Pliny the Elder (2022) 164
bovianum Roller, A Guide to the Geography of Pliny the Elder (2022) 164
caesar, c. julius, role in civil wars Nelsestuen, Varro the Agronomist: Political Philosophy, Satire, and Agriculture in the Late Republic (2015) 6
cicero, m. tullius, as author of philosophical dialogues Nelsestuen, Varro the Agronomist: Political Philosophy, Satire, and Agriculture in the Late Republic (2015) 6
cicero, m. tullius, relationship with varro Nelsestuen, Varro the Agronomist: Political Philosophy, Satire, and Agriculture in the Late Republic (2015) 6
cicero Tuori, The Emperor of Law: The Emergence of Roman Imperial Adjudication< (2016) 54
codification Tuori, The Emperor of Law: The Emergence of Roman Imperial Adjudication< (2016) 54
consul Tuori, The Emperor of Law: The Emergence of Roman Imperial Adjudication< (2016) 54
cutilia lake Roller, A Guide to the Geography of Pliny the Elder (2022) 164
de re rustica (varro), circumstances of composition in 37 bc Nelsestuen, Varro the Agronomist: Political Philosophy, Satire, and Agriculture in the Late Republic (2015) 6
de re rustica (varro), conciseness as a programmatic goal of Nelsestuen, Varro the Agronomist: Political Philosophy, Satire, and Agriculture in the Late Republic (2015) 6
de re rustica (varro), engagement with ciceros dialogues Nelsestuen, Varro the Agronomist: Political Philosophy, Satire, and Agriculture in the Late Republic (2015) 6
diadem Tuori, The Emperor of Law: The Emergence of Roman Imperial Adjudication< (2016) 54
dictator, dictatorship Tuori, The Emperor of Law: The Emergence of Roman Imperial Adjudication< (2016) 54
diphilus (comic poet) Csapo et al., Theatre and Autocracy in the Ancient World (2022) 157
divine Tuori, The Emperor of Law: The Emergence of Roman Imperial Adjudication< (2016) 54
divine honour Tuori, The Emperor of Law: The Emergence of Roman Imperial Adjudication< (2016) 54
edict Tuori, The Emperor of Law: The Emergence of Roman Imperial Adjudication< (2016) 54
epicharmus (comic poet) Csapo et al., Theatre and Autocracy in the Ancient World (2022) 157
euripides (tragic poet), portraits of Csapo et al., Theatre and Autocracy in the Ancient World (2022) 157
forum Tuori, The Emperor of Law: The Emergence of Roman Imperial Adjudication< (2016) 54
fucinus lake Roller, A Guide to the Geography of Pliny the Elder (2022) 164
fufius calenus, q. Nelsestuen, Varro the Agronomist: Political Philosophy, Satire, and Agriculture in the Late Republic (2015) 6
fundania, wife of varro Nelsestuen, Varro the Agronomist: Political Philosophy, Satire, and Agriculture in the Late Republic (2015) 6
hadrian Tuori, The Emperor of Law: The Emergence of Roman Imperial Adjudication< (2016) 54
hadrian (emperor), portraits of Csapo et al., Theatre and Autocracy in the Ancient World (2022) 157
hellenistic Tuori, The Emperor of Law: The Emergence of Roman Imperial Adjudication< (2016) 54
heracles/hercules (hero) Csapo et al., Theatre and Autocracy in the Ancient World (2022) 157
herennius severus Csapo et al., Theatre and Autocracy in the Ancient World (2022) 157
herm / double herm Csapo et al., Theatre and Autocracy in the Ancient World (2022) 157
herodotus (historian), statue of Csapo et al., Theatre and Autocracy in the Ancient World (2022) 157
homer (poet), portraits of Csapo et al., Theatre and Autocracy in the Ancient World (2022) 157
italy (italia) Roller, A Guide to the Geography of Pliny the Elder (2022) 164
ius civile Tuori, The Emperor of Law: The Emergence of Roman Imperial Adjudication< (2016) 54
judge Tuori, The Emperor of Law: The Emergence of Roman Imperial Adjudication< (2016) 54
julius caesar Tuori, The Emperor of Law: The Emergence of Roman Imperial Adjudication< (2016) 54
king Tuori, The Emperor of Law: The Emergence of Roman Imperial Adjudication< (2016) 54
law Tuori, The Emperor of Law: The Emergence of Roman Imperial Adjudication< (2016) 54
legio xi claudia Roller, A Guide to the Geography of Pliny the Elder (2022) 164
libraries, decorated with portraits Csapo et al., Theatre and Autocracy in the Ancient World (2022) 157
lydia Roller, A Guide to the Geography of Pliny the Elder (2022) 164
marsi Roller, A Guide to the Geography of Pliny the Elder (2022) 164
marsyas Roller, A Guide to the Geography of Pliny the Elder (2022) 164
marus river Roller, A Guide to the Geography of Pliny the Elder (2022) 164
menander (comic poet), pompeii, casa del medro Csapo et al., Theatre and Autocracy in the Ancient World (2022) 157
menander (comic poet), portraits of Csapo et al., Theatre and Autocracy in the Ancient World (2022) 157
menander (comic poet) Csapo et al., Theatre and Autocracy in the Ancient World (2022) 157
nar river Roller, A Guide to the Geography of Pliny the Elder (2022) 164
narrative Tuori, The Emperor of Law: The Emergence of Roman Imperial Adjudication< (2016) 54
octavian, rebirth as augustus Nelsestuen, Varro the Agronomist: Political Philosophy, Satire, and Agriculture in the Late Republic (2015) 6
oedipus (seneca), and sophocles Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 762
orestes (hero) Csapo et al., Theatre and Autocracy in the Ancient World (2022) 157
otium (leisure) Nelsestuen, Varro the Agronomist: Political Philosophy, Satire, and Agriculture in the Late Republic (2015) 6
pergamum, library of Csapo et al., Theatre and Autocracy in the Ancient World (2022) 157
philoxenus (lyric poet) Csapo et al., Theatre and Autocracy in the Ancient World (2022) 157
pliny the younger Csapo et al., Theatre and Autocracy in the Ancient World (2022) 157
pompey, cn. magnus, reliance on varro Nelsestuen, Varro the Agronomist: Political Philosophy, Satire, and Agriculture in the Late Republic (2015) 6
pompey, cn. magnus, role in civil war Nelsestuen, Varro the Agronomist: Political Philosophy, Satire, and Agriculture in the Late Republic (2015) 6
praetor Tuori, The Emperor of Law: The Emergence of Roman Imperial Adjudication< (2016) 54
proscriptions Nelsestuen, Varro the Agronomist: Political Philosophy, Satire, and Agriculture in the Late Republic (2015) 6
pylades (hero) Csapo et al., Theatre and Autocracy in the Ancient World (2022) 157
pyrrhus of epirus Roller, A Guide to the Geography of Pliny the Elder (2022) 164
reate Roller, A Guide to the Geography of Pliny the Elder (2022) 164
reform Tuori, The Emperor of Law: The Emergence of Roman Imperial Adjudication< (2016) 54
rostra Tuori, The Emperor of Law: The Emergence of Roman Imperial Adjudication< (2016) 54
sabines Roller, A Guide to the Geography of Pliny the Elder (2022) 164
samnites Roller, A Guide to the Geography of Pliny the Elder (2022) 164
sappho (lyric poet), statue of Csapo et al., Theatre and Autocracy in the Ancient World (2022) 157
seneca, and sophocles Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 762
socrates (philosopher), portraits of Csapo et al., Theatre and Autocracy in the Ancient World (2022) 157
sophocles (tragic poet), portraits of Csapo et al., Theatre and Autocracy in the Ancient World (2022) 157
sublaqueum Roller, A Guide to the Geography of Pliny the Elder (2022) 164
suetonius Tuori, The Emperor of Law: The Emergence of Roman Imperial Adjudication< (2016) 54
telegonus (hero) Csapo et al., Theatre and Autocracy in the Ancient World (2022) 157
telemachus (hero) Csapo et al., Theatre and Autocracy in the Ancient World (2022) 157
tibur Roller, A Guide to the Geography of Pliny the Elder (2022) 164
timotheus (lyric poet) Csapo et al., Theatre and Autocracy in the Ancient World (2022) 157
tradition, traditional Tuori, The Emperor of Law: The Emergence of Roman Imperial Adjudication< (2016) 54
trajan Tuori, The Emperor of Law: The Emergence of Roman Imperial Adjudication< (2016) 54
trial Tuori, The Emperor of Law: The Emergence of Roman Imperial Adjudication< (2016) 54
tyranny, tyrannical, tyrant' Tuori, The Emperor of Law: The Emergence of Roman Imperial Adjudication< (2016) 54
varro, m. terentius, as author of saturae menippeae Nelsestuen, Varro the Agronomist: Political Philosophy, Satire, and Agriculture in the Late Republic (2015) 6
varro, m. terentius, literary career of Nelsestuen, Varro the Agronomist: Political Philosophy, Satire, and Agriculture in the Late Republic (2015) 6
varro, m. terentius, military career of Nelsestuen, Varro the Agronomist: Political Philosophy, Satire, and Agriculture in the Late Republic (2015) 6
varro, m. terentius, political career of Nelsestuen, Varro the Agronomist: Political Philosophy, Satire, and Agriculture in the Late Republic (2015) 6
varro, m. terentius, proscription of Nelsestuen, Varro the Agronomist: Political Philosophy, Satire, and Agriculture in the Late Republic (2015) 6
varro, m. terentius, relationship with cicero Nelsestuen, Varro the Agronomist: Political Philosophy, Satire, and Agriculture in the Late Republic (2015) 6
varro, m. terentius, services to pompey Nelsestuen, Varro the Agronomist: Political Philosophy, Satire, and Agriculture in the Late Republic (2015) 6
varro, marcus terentius (scholar), library of Csapo et al., Theatre and Autocracy in the Ancient World (2022) 157
velini lakes Roller, A Guide to the Geography of Pliny the Elder (2022) 164
vespasian (emperor) Roller, A Guide to the Geography of Pliny the Elder (2022) 164
vestini Roller, A Guide to the Geography of Pliny the Elder (2022) 164
xenophon (historian), portraits of Csapo et al., Theatre and Autocracy in the Ancient World (2022) 157