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Tacitus, Annals, 13.4.1


nan However, when the mockeries of sorrow had been carried to their close, he entered the curia; and, after an opening reference to the authority of the Fathers and the unanimity of the army, stated that "he had before him advice and examples pointing him to an admirable system of government. Nor had his youth been poisoned by civil war or family strife: he brought to his task no hatreds, no wrongs, no desire for vengeance. He then outlined the character of the coming principate, the points which had provoked recent and intense dissatisfaction being specially discountenanced:— "He would not constitute himself a judge of all cases, secluding accusers and defendants within the same four walls and allowing the influence of a few individuals to run riot. Under his roof would be no venality, no loophole for intrigue: the palace and the state would be things separate. Let the senate retain its old prerogatives! Let Italy and the public provinces take their stand before the judgement-seats of the consuls, and let the consuls grant them access to the Fathers: for the armies delegated to his charge he would himself be responsible.


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1. Tacitus, Annals, 3.66.1, 11.24, 11.24.7, 14.10.2, 15.23, 15.23.2, 15.44.5 (1st cent. CE - 2nd cent. CE)

3.66.1.  Then, step by step, they passed from the degrading to the brutal. Gaius Silanus, the proconsul of Asia, accused of extortion by the provincials, was attacked simultaneously by the ex-consul Mamercus Scaurus, the praetor Junius Otho, and the aedile Bruttedius Niger, who flung at him the charge of violating the godhead of Augustus and spurning the majesty of Tiberius, while Mamercus made play with the precedents of antiquity — the indictment of Lucius Cotta by Scipio Africanus, of Servius Galba by Cato the Censor, of Publius Rutilius by Marcus Scaurus. Such, as all men know, were the crimes avenged by Scipio and Cato or the famous Scaurus, the great-grandsire of Mamercus, whom that reproach to his ancestors dishonoured by his infamous activity! Junius Otho's old profession had been to keep a school; afterwards, created a senator by the influence of Sejanus, by his effrontery and audacity he brought further ignominy, if possible, upon the meanness of his beginnings. Bruttedius, amply provided with liberal accomplishments, and bound, if he kept the straight road, to attain all distinctions, was goaded by a spirit of haste, which impelled him to outpace first his equals, then his superiors, and finally his own ambitions: an infirmity fatal to many, even of the good, who, disdaining the sure and slow, force a premature success, though destruction may accompany the prize. 11.24.  Unconvinced by these and similar arguments, the emperor not only stated his objections there and then, but, after convening the senate, addressed it as follows: — "In my own ancestors, the eldest of whom, Clausus, a Sabine by extraction, was made simultaneously a citizen and the head of a patrician house, I find encouragement to employ the same policy in my administration, by transferring hither all true excellence, let it be found where it will. For I am not unaware that the Julii came to us from Alba, the Coruncanii from Camerium, the Porcii from Tusculum; that — not to scrutinize antiquity — members were drafted into the senate from Etruria, from Lucania, from the whole of Italy; and that finally Italy itself was extended to the Alps, in order that not individuals merely but countries and nationalities should form one body under the name of Romans. The day of stable peace at home and victory abroad came when the districts beyond the Po were admitted to citizenship, and, availing ourselves of the fact that our legions were settled throughout the globe, we added to them the stoutest of the provincials, and succoured a weary empire. Is it regretted that the Balbi crossed over from Spain and families equally distinguished from Narbonese Gaul? Their descendants remain; nor do they yield to ourselves in love for this native land of theirs. What else proved fatal to Lacedaemon and Athens, in spite of their power in arms, but their policy of holding the conquered aloof as alien-born? But the sagacity of our own founder Romulus was such that several times he fought and naturalized a people in the course of the same day! Strangers have been kings over us: the conferment of magistracies on the sons of freedmen is not the novelty which it is commonly and mistakenly thought, but a frequent practice of the old commonwealth. — 'But we fought with the Senones.' — Then, presumably, the Volscians and Aequians never drew up a line of battle against us. — 'We were taken by the Gauls.' — But we also gave hostages to the Tuscans and underwent the yoke of the Samnites. — And yet, if you survey the whole of our wars, not one was finished within a shorter period than that against the Gauls: thenceforward there has been a continuous and loyal peace. Now that customs, culture, and the ties of marriage have blended them with ourselves, let them bring among us their gold and their riches instead of retaining them beyond the pale! All, Conscript Fathers, that is now believed supremely old has been new: plebeian magistrates followed the patrician; Latin, the plebeian; magistrates from the other races of Italy, the Latin. Our innovation, too, will be parcel of the past, and what to‑day we defend by precedents will rank among precedents. 15.23.  In the consulate of Memmius Regulus and Verginius Rufus, Nero greeted a daughter, presented to him by Poppaea, with more than human joy, named the child Augusta, and bestowed the same title on Poppaea. The scene of her delivery was the colony of Antium, where the sovereign himself had seen the light. The senate had already commended the travail of Poppaea to the care of Heaven and formulated vows in the name of the state: they were now multiplied and paid. Public thanksgivings were added, and a Temple of Fertility was decreed, together with a contest on the model of the Actian festival; while golden effigies of the Two Fortunes were to be placed on the throne of Capitoline Jove, and, as the Julian race had its Circus Games at Bovillae, so at Antium should the Claudian and Domitian houses. But all was transitory, as the infant died in less than four months. Then fresh forms of adulation made their appearance, and she was voted the honour of deification, a place in the pulvinar, a temple, and a priest. The emperor, too, showed himself as incontinent in sorrow as in joy. It was noted that when the entire senate streamed towards Antium shortly after the birth, Thrasea, who was forbidden to attend, received the affront, prophetic of his impending slaughter, without emotion. Shortly afterwards, they say, came a remark of the Caesar, in which he boasted to Seneca that he was reconciled to Thrasea; and Seneca congratulated the Caesar: an incident which increased the fame, and the dangers, of those eminent men.
2. Tacitus, Histories, 1.3.1, 3.51.2, 4.42.6 (1st cent. CE - 2nd cent. CE)



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agricola Poulsen, Usages of the Past in Roman Historiography (2021), 243
agrippina the younger, empress Poulsen, Usages of the Past in Roman Historiography (2021), 243
authority, of ammianus, of tacitus Davies, Rome's Religious History: Livy, Tacitus and Ammianus on their Gods (2004) 145
autocracy, autocrat, tyranny, tyrant Poulsen, Usages of the Past in Roman Historiography (2021), 243
campania Poulsen, Usages of the Past in Roman Historiography (2021), 243
claudius, emperor Poulsen, Usages of the Past in Roman Historiography (2021), 243
cn. iulius agricola Poulsen, Usages of the Past in Roman Historiography (2021), 243
decline, of morals Davies, Rome's Religious History: Livy, Tacitus and Ammianus on their Gods (2004) 145
dio cassius Poulsen, Usages of the Past in Roman Historiography (2021), 243
domitian, emperor Poulsen, Usages of the Past in Roman Historiography (2021), 243
emotion Poulsen, Usages of the Past in Roman Historiography (2021), 243
emperor, princeps Poulsen, Usages of the Past in Roman Historiography (2021), 243
exempla, in tacitus Davies, Rome's Religious History: Livy, Tacitus and Ammianus on their Gods (2004) 145
funeral Poulsen, Usages of the Past in Roman Historiography (2021), 243
germanicus iulius caesar Poulsen, Usages of the Past in Roman Historiography (2021), 243
grief, mourning Poulsen, Usages of the Past in Roman Historiography (2021), 243
historiography Davies, Rome's Religious History: Livy, Tacitus and Ammianus on their Gods (2004) 145
imitation, emulation, exemplarity, exemplum Poulsen, Usages of the Past in Roman Historiography (2021), 243
matricide Poulsen, Usages of the Past in Roman Historiography (2021), 243
mourning, grief Poulsen, Usages of the Past in Roman Historiography (2021), 243
nero, emperor Poulsen, Usages of the Past in Roman Historiography (2021), 243
oratory Poulsen, Usages of the Past in Roman Historiography (2021), 243
principate, the roman Poulsen, Usages of the Past in Roman Historiography (2021), 243
religio, religio, ritual, and emperors Davies, Rome's Religious History: Livy, Tacitus and Ammianus on their Gods (2004) 145
religio, religio, ritual, of Davies, Rome's Religious History: Livy, Tacitus and Ammianus on their Gods (2004) 145
senate, and emperor Davies, Rome's Religious History: Livy, Tacitus and Ammianus on their Gods (2004) 145
senate, failure of expertise' Davies, Rome's Religious History: Livy, Tacitus and Ammianus on their Gods (2004) 145
tacitus, on imperial rule Davies, Rome's Religious History: Livy, Tacitus and Ammianus on their Gods (2004) 145
tacitus, p. cornelius Poulsen, Usages of the Past in Roman Historiography (2021), 243
tears Poulsen, Usages of the Past in Roman Historiography (2021), 243
theatre Poulsen, Usages of the Past in Roman Historiography (2021), 243
tiberius, emperor Poulsen, Usages of the Past in Roman Historiography (2021), 243
titus, emperor Poulsen, Usages of the Past in Roman Historiography (2021), 243