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The Germany and the Agricola of Tacitus Cornelius Tacitus The Germany and the Agricola of Tacitus book text format
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Under his administration, Agricola, accustomed to obey, and taught to consult utility as well as glory, tempered his ardor, and restrained his enterprising spiritHe bore this calamity, not with the ostentatious firmness which many have affected, nor yet with the tears and lamentations of feminine sorrow; and war was one of the remedies of his griefPliny was born in 61I've read so many quotes from these writings that I had to read theseThe Bructerian, borderer on the Hercynian forest, cameThus she is to live; thus to dieTheir attributes are the same; their name, Alcis This difference of punishment has in view the principle, that villainy should he exposed while it is punished, but turpitude concealedThe nation of the Mattiaci  is under a degree of subjection of the same kind: for the greatness of the Roman people has carried a reverence for the empire beyond the Rhine and the ancient limits The Germany here meant is that beyond the Rhine
The valor too and unsubmitting spirit of subjects only render them more obnoxious to their masters; while remoteness and secrecy of situation itself, in proportion as it conduces to security, tends to inspire suspicionNov 25, 2014 Salvatore rated it liked it review of another edition A colorful biography (Agricola) and anthropological study (Germania) that deals with the Britons and the Saxons during the Roman periodPillagers of the world, they have exhausted the land by their indiscriminate plunder, and now they ransack the seaThis has a kind of stage above it, ascending on which, the priestess cuts the throat of the victim, and, from the manner in which the blood flows into the vessel, judges of the future eventThis work, short as it is, has always been considered an admirable specimen of biography on account of its grace and dignity of expressionThese people, naturally void of artifice or disguise, disclose the most secret emotions of their hearts in the freedom of festivity
This immense tract is not only possessed, but filled by the Chauci; a people the noblest of the Germans, who choose to maintain their greatness by justice rather than violence Their expulsion of the Boii, who had given name to Bohemia, has been already mentionedCaecilius Claudius Isidorus, who ordered the sum of about 10,000lThus Solinus, cThey pass and repass at pleasure, without being attended by a guard; and while we exhibit to other nations our arms and camps alone, to these we lay open our houses and country seats, which they behold without coveting The usual deficiency of an unforeseen expedition appearing in the want of transport vessels, the ability and resolution of the general were exerted to supply this defect53) that Ariovistus had two wives The great number of firths and inlets of the sea, which almost cut through the northern parts of the island, as well as the height of the tides on the coast, render this observation peculiarly proper
Agricola, Calgalus and the different Germanic tribes, but, even at the very end of this book, and having reached the sea "that is believed to be the boundary that girdles the earth", Tacitus still finds barbarian virtue (or virtue in the barbarian) - and he avoids speculation: "What comes after them is the stuff of fables101If it were necessary to advance or retreat to any considerable distance, such agility had they acquired by exercise, that, supporting themselves by the horses manes, they kept pace with themHere, the ocean, having a prodigious flux and reflux twice in the space of every day and night, rolls over an immense tract, leaving it a matter of perpetual doubt whether it is part of the land or seaWhat was the cause and origin of this foreign worship, I have not been able to discover; further than that her being represented with the symbol of a galley, seems to indicate an imported religionThe negative poles of behaviour for Tacitus are being passionate "like a woman" or being like some kind of some kind of fancy pants namby pamby philosopher typePennant supposes that the Thule here meant was Foula, a very lofty isle, one of the most westerly of the Shetlands, which might easily be descried by the fleet 48a4f088c3