By Aurelius Victor, H.W. Bird
This can be the 1st full-scale translation and statement in English of Aurelius Victor's De Caesaribus, which supplies a short survey of the emperors of Rome from Octavian Augustus in 30 BC to Constantius II in advert 360.
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Singularly delighted by this he gave orders for him (Antoninus) to be formally adopted as Caesar and for a large number of the senators, to whom he had been a laughing-stock, to be immediately executed by him. Not long afterwards he died of consumption at Baiae at a rather ripe old age in the twentysecond year of his reign less a month. On the other hand the senators were not even swayed by the entreaties of the emperor to accord him the honour of deification, so deeply did they mourn the loss of so many men of their order.
7. 47 Hist. Lang. 18; on which vid. D'Elia (op. , 1965) 29. 48 Eighty manuscripts of Eutropius' Breviarium survive, eleven written before the fifteenth century (Bird, Eutropius, lv). This, in addition to the Greek translations of Eutropius, testify to the greater popularity of the latter. 49 De Caes. 22. S0 A. Momigliano, The Conflict between Paganism and Christianity the Fourth Century, Oxford, 1963, 85. 51 in Eutrop. 18; For what remains must be told in a more elevated style. " Cf. A. Car. 2-3.
But at his approach Nero was deserted on all sides except by a eunuch, whom he had once tried to make into a woman by surgery, and he stabbed himself since, although for a long time he begged 8 9 10 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 9 for someone to kill him, he had not deserved assistance even to die. anyone's 22 This was the end of the family of the Caesars, which many portents foretold, in particular the withering on their estates of a grove of laurel dedicated to them for their triumphs and the death of the chickens which were so numerous and white and so suitable for religious rites that even today a place is kept for them at Rome.
De Caesaribus by Aurelius Victor, H.W. Bird