Tacitus

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Publius (or Gaius) Cornelius Tacitus (ca. AD 56 – ca. AD 117) was a senator and a historian of the Roman Empire. The surviving portions of his two major works—the Annals and the Histories—examine the reigns of the Roman Emperors Tiberius, Claudius, Nero and those who reigned in the Year of the Four Emperors. These two works span the history of the Roman Empire from the death of Augustus in AD 14 to (presumably) the death of emperor Domitian in AD 96. There are enormous lacunae in the surviving texts, including one four books long in the Annals.Other works by Tacitus discuss oratory (in dialogue format, see Dialogus de oratoribus), Germania (in De origine et situ Germanorum), and biographical notes about his father-in-law Agricola, primarily during his campaign in Britannia (see De vita et moribus Iulii Agricolae).Tacitus was an author writing in the latter part of the Silver Age of Latin literature. His work is distinguished by a boldness and sharpness of wit, and a compact and sometimes unconventional use of Latin.



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Greater things are believed of those who are absent. Tacitus

We see many who are struggling against adversity who are happy, and more although abounding in wealth, who are wretched. Tacitus

Many who seem to be struggling with adversity are happy; many, amid great affluence, are utterly miserable. Tacitus

Old things are always in good repute, present things in disfavor. Tacitus
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A shocking crime was committed on the unscrupulous initiative of few individuals, with the blessing of more, and amid the passive acquiescence of all. Tacitus

Valor is of no service, chance rules all, and the bravest often fall by the hands of cowards. Tacitus

The brave and bold persist even against fortune; the timid and cowardly rush to despair though fear alone. Tacitus

If we must fall, we should boldly meet the danger. Tacitus

Noble character is best appreciated in those ages in which it can most readily develop. Tacitus

Things forbidden have a secret charm. Tacitus

All things atrocious and shameless flock from all parts to Rome. Tacitus

Abuse if you slight it, will gradually die away; but if you show yourself irritated, you will be thought to have deserved it. Tacitus

Truth is confirmed by inspection and delay; falsehood by haste and uncertainty. Tacitus

To plunder, to slaughter, to steal, these things they misname empire; and where they make a wilderness, they call it peace. Tacitus

The love of fame is the last weakness which even the wise resign. Tacitus

The hatred of relatives is the most violent. Tacitus

Even the bravest men are frightened by sudden terrors. Tacitus

It is less difficult to bear misfortunes than to remain uncorrupted by pleasure. Tacitus

Prosperity is the measure or touchstone of virtue, for it is less difficult to bear misfortune than to remain uncorrupted by pleasure. Tacitus

Seek to make a person blush for their guilt rather than shed their blood. Tacitus


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