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Date de naissance: 58 ap. J.-C.
Date de décès: 120
Autres noms:Тацит Публий Корнелий


Tacite est un historien et sénateur romain né en 58 et mort vers 120 ap. J.-C.

Citations Tacite

„It is the rare fortune of these days that one may think what one likes and say what one thinks.“

—  Tacitus
Context: Translation: It is the rare fortune of these days that one may think what one likes and say what one thinks. Book I, 1


„To abandon your shield is the basest of crimes“

—  Tacitus
Context: To abandon your shield is the basest of crimes; nor may a man thus disgraced be present at the sacred rites, or enter their council; many, indeed, after escaping from battle, have ended their infamy with the halter. Chapter 6


„However the marriage is there severe.“

—  Tacitus
Start of chapter 18 This is in the sense that the matrimonial bond was strictly observed by the Germanic peoples, this being compared favorably against licentiousness in Rome. Tacitus appears to hold the fairly strict monogamy (with some exceptions among nobles who marry again) between Germanic husbands and wives, and the chastity among the unmarried to be worthy of the highest praise. (Ch. 18).

„So true is it that all transactions of preeminent importance are wrapt in doubt and obscurity; while some hold for certain facts the most precarious hearsays, others turn facts into falsehood; and both are exaggerated by posterity.“

—  Tacitus
Book III, 19 Variant: So obscure are the greatest events, as some take for granted any hearsay, whatever its source, others turn truth into falsehood, and both errors find encouragement with posterity.


„The busts of twenty most illustrious families were borne in the procession, with the names of Manlius, Quinctius, and others of equal rank. But Cassius and Brutus outshone them all, from the very fact that their likenesses were not to be seen.“

—  Tacitus
Book III, 76; Church-Brodribb translation According to [https://play.google.com/books/reader?id=P8pGAQAAMAAJ&printsec=frontcover&output=reader&hl=en&pg=GBS.PA872| Lippincott's Monthly Magazine]:

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