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  • Tacitus, Publius Cornelius A.D. 55?-120? Roman public official and historian whose two greatest works, Histories and Annals, concern the period from the death of Augustus (A.D. 14) to the death of Domitian (96).

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  • proper n. A taxonomic genus within the subtribe Sedinae — certain stonecrops.
  • proper n. a Roman cognomen, notably borne by Publius (or Gaius) Cornelius Tacitus (c.56-117), a historian of ancient Rome and Marcus Claudius Tacitus (c.200-275), a Roman emperor.
  • proper n. a lunar impact crater

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  • n. Roman historian who wrote major works on the history of the Roman Empire (56-120)


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Latin Tacitus.


  • = P. Suillius Rufus (_P._ IV A, l 719-22; _P.R1_ S 700) is otherwise chiefly known to us from three passages of Tacitus: Suillius is presented as 'strong, savage, and unbridled' (Syme _Tacitus_ 332).

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  • We read in Tacitus that, with the Roman trade, such "alluring vices" - his name for luxuries-as the porch in front of the house, the bath with hot and cold water, and the pride and pomp of the formal dinner table found their way into the barbarous colony.

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  • Years hence, when robust Saxon sense has flung away Jewish superstition and Eastern prejudice, and put under its foot fastidious scholarship and squeamish fashion, some second Tacitus from the valley of the Mississippi will answer to him of the Seven Hills: 'In all grave questions, we consult our women.'

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  • This is explained by a passage in Tacitus (though an impious one) where he commends Antiochus for his attempt to take away the superstition of the Jews, and bring in the manners of the Greeks, among them (ut teterrimam gentem in melius mutaret -- to meliorate an odious nation), and laments that he was hindered from accomplishing it by the Parthian war.

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  • Antistius Labeo in Tacitus, (Annal.iii. 75,) and in an epistle of

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  • Note: From the context of the phrase in Tacitus, “Nam secutae leges etsi alquando in maleficos ex delicto; saepius tamen dissensione ordinum *** latae sunt,” it is clear that

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  • This ceremony, of which some traces may be found in Tacitus and the woods of Germany, 56 was in its origin simple and profane; the candidate, after some previous trial, was invested with the sword and spurs; and his cheek or shoulder was touched with a slight blow, as an emblem of the last affront which it was lawful for him to endure.

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  • The book was much copied in classical times, and a later Roman emperor called Tacitus no relation, though he claimed he was ordered mass production of Tacitus's works, for fear that they "might perish from readers' negligence."

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  • To paraphrase Tacitus, who apparently understood politics far better than the author of the article above, to allow one slight against you is to encourage the commission of others.

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  • That said, while (or since) Overton's Window as described by Trevino (aka Tacitus, who is well known to many of us) is, I believe, a genuine rightwing strategy to advance an extremist agenda, I think it has limited usefulness for liberals.



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