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Germanicus and Piso
Piso in Syria


But Gnaeus Piso, in order that he might begin his plans more quickly, was helping the most
disreputable soldiers with generous gifts and bribery. When he had removed the senior
centurions, the strict tribunes, and had handed over their posts to his clients, he…

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The death of Germanicus


Belief of poison received through Piso was increasing the savage force of the illness; and there
was found in the floor and in the walls dug up remains of human corpses, spells and curses
and the name of Germanicus inscribed on lead tablets, ashes charred and…

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Mass emphasis on grief. Highly crafted language in G's death scene to raise some more emotional
tone.

Direct speech ­ vivid.


Mourning:
But Agrippina, although worn out with grief and ill of body was impatient of anything that
would delay her revenge. She boards a ship with the ashes of…

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No verb + short sentence "ubique silentium et gemitus" (everywhere silence and mourning) ­ sticks
out a lot, high emphasis.

Tricolon and asyndeton

With the voyage over the wintry sea having in no way been interrupted, Aggripina approaches
Brundisium. Meanwhile having heard of the arrival many friends and very many…

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He accepts some responsibility for sending Piso but with the permission of the senate. So basically
dropping them in it too.




Then two days were allocated for presenting the charges and it was declared that after an
interval of six days the accused would be defended for three days. Three…

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was protecting her through influence) died. Before the trial she committed suicide like her late
husband. Wow. Very sad. So Agrippina gets the only happy ending, except her son turns into a
maniac. So unhappy endings all round. I think I need to watch the Teletubbies or something to
balance…

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Alliteration ­ emphasis on lust "videre voluisti" (you wanted to see him) ­ "patris parci" (miserly
father) emphasis on those words I guess ­ "divitiis devinctum" (bound by riches) ditto.

"non numquam" (not never) ­ instead of sometimes ­ brings great emphasis on the fact that she
should never have…

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