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5; Si natura suppeditet.] Sc. if our natural powers are equal to the task.

6. Decoremus.] 'Let us honour.' Comp. Ennius quoted by Cicero (Tusc. I. 15, 34), Nemo me lacrimis decoret nec funera fletu Faxit.

7. Formamque ac figuram.] Formam is the correction of Muretus for famam, the reading of the MSS., and is accepted by nearly all editors. Comp. Cic. Tusc. I. 16, 37, animorum formam aliquam atque figuram quaerebant. Tacitus uses the phrase to denote the whole mind and character of Agricola. Pliny also uses it in connection with a very similar sentiment (Paneg. 55), formam principis figuramque non aurum melius vel argentum quam favor hominum exprimat teneatque.

8. Non quia...putem.] 'Not because I think a veto ought to be put on,'* &c. 'Intercedere' is strictly said of the tribunitian veto. The subjunctive implies, 'I am not one to think,' &c.

9. Forma mentis.] 'Mens' here = animus, and stands for the entire mental and spiritual being.

Tenere et exprimere.] 'Retain and represent.'

Alienam materiam et artem.] Sc. inarble or bronze, and the art of sculpture, which are necessarily foreigr. (alienus) to the truest and best representation of human character.

12. In aeternitate temporum.] 'In the eternal succes. sion of the ages.' (C and B.)

13. Fama rerum.] In the records of history, or more generally, the fame that waits on noble deeds.' (C and B.)

14. Obruit. This is Haupt's emendation for obruet, the reading of the

MSS. It has the merit of bringing forcibly the antithesis between 'oblivio' and the words 'narratus et traditus.' The allusion in 'multos veterum'is to the times of the republic, and the general sentiment may be compared with the well-known passage in Horace, C. iv. 9. 25, Vixere fortes ante Agamemnona Multi; sed omnes illacrimabiles Urguentur ignotique longa Nocte, carent quia vate sacro. Tacitus thus hints more delicately at the effect of his work than he would do by describing it as 'laudes immortales.'





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The first Numeral refers to the Chapter, the second to the Note.

abrupta, per abrupta, 42, 25 aequo, ex aequo, 20, 9 aestimatio frumenti, 19, 9 agere, used of troops quartered

in a place, 18,4 agitare, distinguished from con

ferre, 15, I agmen, meaning of, 20, 4 ala, military term, 18, 4 Albana arx, 45, 6 aliud agere, meaning of, 43, 3 alter, meanings of, 17, 3 ambitiose, 29, 2 ambitiosus, 42, 26 amplecti, 17, 2 ; 25, 3 anteferre, meaning of, 21, 4 appetere, meanings of, 5, 6; ascire, meaning of, 19, 5 assultare, used of the movement

cedere, peculiar meaning of, 5, u censeri=aestimari, 45, 5 ceterum, disjunctive force of, 25,1 cetra, 36, 2 circulus, meaning in plural, 43, 5 circumdare, use of, 20, 2 circumspectare, meaning of, 32,6 citra, meaning of citra fidem, 1,10 civiles artes, 39, 6 coelum, geographical meaning of,

IO, 7 coloratus=sun-burnt, 11, 6 comitas=refinement, 4, 9 comitium, 2, 3 commodare, peculiar use of, 19, 7 compositus, 45, 18 conferre, see agitare. conflictari, 22, 3 conscientia, meaning of, 1, 8; 2,

5; 42, 17 consilium=policy, 13, 10 contubernium, military term, 5, 4 conventus=our sessions,'9, 12 copiae=provisions, 22, 6 couinnarius eques, 35, 7 crudus, 29, 10 cultus, 40, 12 curare, used of both civil and military government, 16, 16

of troops, 26, 3 auctor, meaning of, 8, 8 auspicia, coupled with ductus,

IO, 16

33, 6

calliditas, used in bad sense, 9, 8 castra military service, 5, I; 16, 15

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