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TRANSLATION OF GERMANICUS ET PISO

Piso in Syria

at Cn. Piso, quo celerius consilia inciperet, postquam Syriam ac legiones attigit,
But Gnaeus Piso, in order to begin his plans more quickly, after he reached Syria and his legions,

largitione et ambitu infimos militum iuvabat.
was helping the most disreputable of…

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Componit epistulam qua amicitiam ei renuntiabat.
He composed a letter in which he broke off his friendship with him (Piso).

Germanicus paulisper se credidit convalescere; deinde fessum fiebat corpus.
For a short while Germanicus believed that he was getting better, then his body became tired.

Ubi finis aderat, adstantes amicos…

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Mourning

at Agrippina, quamquam defessa luctu et corpore aegro, impatiens tamen erat omnium quae
ultionem morarentur.
But Agrippina, although exhausted by grief and with a sick body, was however unable to endure
everything that might delay (her) revenge.

ascendit navem cum cineribus Germanici et liberis, miserantibus omnibus
She boarded a…

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et quamquam insignibus lugentium non abstinebant, altius animis maerebant.
And although they were not refraining from the outward signs of mourning they were grieving more
deeply in their souls.

navigatione hiberni maris nequaquam intermissa Agrippina Brundisio appropinquat.
With her voyage over the winter sea not at all interrupted Agrippina approached…

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tres amici Germanici consimili studio obiecerunt Pisonem,
Three of Germanicus' friends with similar eagerness alleged that Piso,

odio Germanici et rerum novarum studio, milites per licentiam et sociorum iniurias corrupisse;
out of hatred of Germanicus and eagerness for revolution, had corrupted the soldiers through riotous
behaviour and ill treatment of…

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Key Prepositions/Connectives Subject (nom.) Object (acc.) Nouns in other cases Verbs Adjectives/Adverbs Participles

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Background

Nero Claudius Germanicus Caesar, born in 15 B.C., was a favourite of the Emperor Augustus, who saw
him as a possible heir, if anything happened to his own adopted son and favourite heir, Tiberius. Therefore in
A.D. 4, Augustus forced Tiberius to adopt Germanicus, who was Tiberius' nephew. In…

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