Tacitus Annals- Book 4- chapter 2

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Vim praefecturae modicam antea intendit, dispersasper urbem cohortis una in castra conducendo,
He strengthened the hitherto moderate powers of his office by concentrating the cohorts scattered throughout the capital into one camp,
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ut simulimperia acciperent numeroque et robore et visu inter sefiducia ipsis, in ceteros metus oreretur.
so that they might all receive orders at the same moment, and that the sight of their numbers and strength might give confidence to themselves, while it would strike terror into the citizens.
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praetendebat lascivire militem diductum;
His pretexts were the demoralisation incident to a dispersed soldiery,
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si quid subitum ingruat, maioreauxilio pariter subveniri;
the greater effectiveness of simultaneous action in the event of a sudden peril,
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et severius acturos si vallumstatuatur procul urbis inlecebris.
and the stricter discipline which would be insured by the establishment of an encampment at a distance from the temptations of the city.
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ut perfecta sunt castra, inrepere paulatim militaris animos adeundo, appellando; simul centuriones ac tribunos ipse deligere.
As soon as the camp was completed, he crept gradually into the affections of the soldiers by mixing with them and addressing them by name, himself selecting the centurions and tribunes.
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neque senatorio ambitu abstinebat clientes suos honoribus aut provinciisornandi,
With the Senate too he sought to ingratiate himself, distinguishing his partisans with offices and provinces,
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facili Tiberio atque ita prono ut socium laborumnon modo in sermonibus, sed apud patres et populum celebraret colique per theatra et fora effigies eius interqueprincipia legionum sineret.
Tiberius readily yielding, and being so biassed that not only in private conversation but before the senators and the people he spoke highly of him as the partner of his toils, and allowed his statues to be honoured in theatres, in forums, and at the
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so that they might all receive orders at the same moment, and that the sight of their numbers and strength might give confidence to themselves, while it would strike terror into the citizens.

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ut simulimperia acciperent numeroque et robore et visu inter sefiducia ipsis, in ceteros metus oreretur.

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