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Publius Cornelius Tacitus (/ˈtæsɪtəs/; Classical Latin: [ˈtakɪtʊs]; c.  56 – c.  120 AD) 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 emperors Tiberius, Claudius, Nero, and those who reigned in the Year of the Four Emperors (69 AD). These two works span the history of the Roman Empire from the death of Augustus, in 14 AD, to the years of the First Jewish–Roman War, in 70 AD. There are substantial lacunae in the surviving texts, including a gap in the Annals that is four books long.

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Jerusalem, standing upon an eminence, naturally difficult to approach, was rendered still more impregnable by redoubts and bulwarks by which even places on a level plain would have been competently fortified. Two hills that rose to a prodigious height were enclosed by walls constructed so as in some places to project in angles and in others to curve inwards. Consequently, the flanks of the Romans were exposed to the Jewish weapons. The extremities of the rock were abrupt and craggy; and the towers were built, upon the mountain, sixty feet high ­ and in the low ground, one hundred and twenty feet high. These works presented a spectacle altogether astonishing. To the distant eye they seemed to be of equal elevation. Within the city there were other fortifications enclosing the palace of the kings, including the tower of Antonia, with its conspicuous pinnacles...The temple itself was in the nature of a citadel, enclosed in walls of its own, and more elaborate and massy than the rest. Even the porticoes that surrounded it were a capital defense. A perennial spring supplied the place with water. Subterranean caverns were scooped out in the mountains, and there were basins and tanks as reservoirs for rain-water
A bad peace is even worse than war. War & Peace
A desire to resist oppression is implanted in the nature of man. Nature
A shocking crime was committed on the unscrupulous initiative of few individuals, with the blessing of more, and amid the passive acquiescence of all.
Abuse if you slight it, will gradually die away; but if you show yourself irritated, you will be thought to have deserved it.
All enterprises that are entered into with indiscreet zeal may be pursued with great vigor at first, but are sure to collapse in the end.
All things atrocious and shameless flock from all parts to Rome.
Be assured those will be thy worst enemies, not to whom thou hast done evil, but who have done evil to thee. And those will be thy best friends, not to whom thou hast done good, but who have done good to thee. History
Candor and generosity, unless tempered by due moderation, leads to ruin.
Custom adapts itself to expediency.
Fear is not in the habit of speaking truth; when perfect sincerity is expected, perfect freedom must be allowed; nor has anyone who is apt to be angry when he hears the truth any cause to wonder that he does not hear it. Truth ;Freedom & Liberty
Greater things are believed of those who are absent.
He that fights and runs away, May turn and fight another day; But he that is in battle slain, Will never rise to fight again.
In a state where corruption abounds, laws must be very numerous.
It belongs to human nature to hate those you have injured. Nature
It is always easier to requite an injury than a service: gratitude is a burden, but revenge is found to pay.
It is human nature to hate the man whom you have hurt. Nature
It is less difficult to bear misfortunes than to remain uncorrupted by pleasure.
Love of fame is the last thing even learned men can bear to be parted from. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Many who seem to be struggling with adversity are happy; many, amid great affluence, are utterly miserable.
No one would have doubted his ability to reign had he never been emperor.
Noble character is best appreciated in those ages in which it can most readily develop.
Old things are always in good repute, present things in disfavor.
Prosperity is the measure or touchstone of virtue, for it is less difficult to bear misfortune than to remain uncorrupted by pleasure.
Reason and judgment are the qualities of a leader. Business, Commerce & Finance
The desire for safety stands against every great and noble enterprise.
The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws.
Things forbidden have a secret charm.
Those in supreme power always suspect and hate their next heir. Power
To plunder, to slaughter, to steal, these things they misname empire; and where they make a wilderness, they call it peace. War & Peace
To show resentment at a reproach is to acknowledge that one may have deserved it.
Truth is confirmed by inspection and delay; falsehood by haste and uncertainty. Truth
Valor is of no service, chance rules all, and the bravest often fall by the hands of cowards.
Victor and vanquished never unite in substantial agreement.
We see many who are struggling against adversity who are happy, and more although abounding in wealth, who are wretched.
When a woman has lost her chastity she will shrink from nothing.
When men are full of envy they disparage everything, whether it be good or bad.
When the state is most corrupt, then the laws are most multiplied.

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