Scot Mcphee on Sat, 4 Feb 2017 09:17:30 +0100 (CET)

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Re: <nettime> will someone explain

On 4 February 2017 at 07:32, Keith Hart <> wrote:

> Why ask Americans to explain? Would you expect Romans to understand
> the Empire, better to ask a Greek slave.

Tacitus seems to understand it pretty well:

*ita varios motus animorum non modo in urbe apud patres aut populum
aut urbanum militem, sed omnis legiones ducesque conciverat, evulgato
imperii arcano posse principem alibi quam Romae fieri. *(Tac. Hist.

(after the death of Nero) Thus it variously motivated minds, not only
in the city amongst the fathers, the people and the urban soldiers,
but it roused all the legions and their leaders: for the secret of the
empire was divulged - it was possible to create a prince somewhere
other than Rome.

Kinda sums up a lot of the history thereafter.

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