The History of Tacitus

The History of Tacitus

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1876 edition. Excerpt: ...rather than to "the Aventine, and the family house of his wife? This would "have befitted a private individual anxious to shun all ap"pearance of Imperial power. But on the contrary, Vitellius "retraced his steps to the palace, the very stronghold of Em"pire; thence issued a band of armed men. One of the most "frequented parts of the city was strewed with the corpses "of innocent persons. The Capitol itself had not been spared. "I," said Sabinus, "was only a civilian and a member of the "Senate, while the rivalry of Vitellius and Vespasian was being "settled by conflicts between legions, by the capture of cities, "by the capitulation of cohorts; with Spain, Germany, and "Britain in revolt, the brother of Vespasian still remained firm "to his allegiance, till actually invited to discuss terms of "agreement. Peace and harmony bring advantage to the con"quered, but only credit to the conqueror. If you repent of "your compact, it is not against me, whom you treacherously "deceived, that you must draw the sword, nor is it against "the son of Vespasian, who is yet of tender age. What "would be gained by the slaughter of one old man and one "stripling? You should go and meet the legions, and fight "there for Empire; everything else will follow the issue of "that struggle." To these representations the embarrassed Vitellius answered a few words in his own exculpation, throwing all the blame upon the soldiers, with whose excessive zeal his moderation was, he said, unable to cope. He advised Martialis to depart unobserved through a concealed part of the palace, lest he should be killed by the soldiers, as the negotiator of...show more

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  • Paperback | 136 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 254g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236910966
  • 9781236910967