Tacitus. Tr. by A. Murphy

Tacitus. Tr. by A. Murphy

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1831 edition. Excerpt: ...us be inexorable to our own failings, while we treat those of the rest of the world with tenderness, not excepting even suchu forgive none but themselves, remembering always what the humane, and therefore the great, Thrasea used to say: 'He who hates vice, hates mankind." Mr. Melmoth, the elegant translator of Pliny, says: 'The meaning of this maxim seems to be, that as it is difficult to separate the action from the man, we should not suffer the errors of the world to raise in as that acrimony of indignation, which, if well examined, will perhaps he oftener found to proceed from some secret principle of malice, than a just abhorrence of vice. 2 Helvidius Priscus was recalled from exile, and afterwards put to death in the reign of Vespasian. Being told that it was the latter, 'And what have they done with my effects?'.--' You are left in possession of them.'--'Well, then, 'said he, 'IcandineatAricia.' He accepted his life, and, by his calm indifference, gained as much glory as others by the fortitude with which they met their fate. Demetrius, the friend of Thrasea, did not escape the notice of Nero. The tyrant threatened instant execution. 'You may command it, ' said Demetrius; 'you threaten me with death, and nature threatens you.'1 The intrepid firmness of a poor philosopher, or perhaps the meanness of his condition, saved his life. II. Cornutus, another philosopher, who professed the doctrines of the Platonic school, had the misfortune to be consulted on the subject of a poem which Nero had projected.2 He spoke his mind with honest freedom, and for that offence was immediately banished. Nor was the cruelty of the prince appeased by the number that fell a sacrifice; he still thirsted for blood; but happily a scene of splendor, then ready to...show more

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  • Paperback | 114 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 218g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236632923
  • 9781236632920