Tacitus Annals- Book 4- chapter 3

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Ceterum plena Caesarum domus, iuvenis filius, nepotes adulti moram cupitis adferebant;
There were however obstacles to his ambition in the imperial house with its many princes, a son in youthful manhood and grown-up grandsons.
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et quia vi tot simulcorripere intutum dolus intervalla scelerum poscebat. placuit tamen occultior via et a Druso incipere, in quem recentiira ferebatur.
As it would be unsafe to sweep off such a number at once by violence, while craft would necessitate successive intervals in crime, he chose, on the whole, the stealthier way, and to begin with Drusus, against whom he had the stimulus of a recent
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resentment.
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nam Drusus impatiens aemuli et animo commotior orto forte iurgio intenderat Seiano manus et contratendentis os verberaverat.
Drusus, who could not brook a rival and was somewhat irascible, had, in a casual dispute, raised his fist at Sejanus, and, when he defended himself, had struck him in the face.
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. igitur cuncta temptanti promptissimum visum ad uxorem eius Liviam convertere, quae sororGermanici, formae initio aetatis indecorae, mox pulchritudine praecellebat.
On considering every plan, Sejanus thought his easiest revenge was to turn his attention to Livia, Drusus's wife. She was a sister of Germanicus, and though she was not handsome as a girl, she became a woman of surpassing beauty.
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hanc ut amore incensus adulterio pellexit, et postquam primi flagitii potitus est (neque femina amissapudicitia alia abnuerit), ad coniugii spem, consortium regniet necem mariti impulit.
Pretending an ardent passion for her, he seduced her, and having won his first infamous triumph, and assured that a woman after having parted with her virtue will hesitate at nothing, he lured her on to thoughts of marriage, of a share in sovereignty
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,and of her husband's destruction.
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atque illa, cui avunculus Augustus, socer Tiberius, ex Druso liberi, seque ac maiores et posterosmunicipali adultero foedabat ut pro honestis et praesentibusflagitiosa et incerta expectaret.
And she, the niece of Augustus, the daughter-in-law of Tiberius, the mother of children by Drusus, for a provincial paramour, foully disgraced herself, her ancestors, and her descendants, giving up honour and a sure position for prospects as base as
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they were uncertain.
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sumitur in conscientiamEudemus, amicus ac medicus Liviae, specie artis frequenssecretis.
They took into their confidence Eudemus, Livia's friend and physician, whose profession was a pretext for frequent secret interviews.
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pellit domo Seianus uxorem Apicatam, ex quatres liberos genuerat, ne paelici suspectaretur.
Sejanus, to avert his mistress's jealousy, divorced his wife Apicata, by whom he had had three children.
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sed magnitudo facinoris metum, prolationes, diversa interdum consiliaadferebat.
Still the magnitude of the crime caused fear and delay, and sometimes a conflict of plans.
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As it would be unsafe to sweep off such a number at once by violence, while craft would necessitate successive intervals in crime, he chose, on the whole, the stealthier way, and to begin with Drusus, against whom he had the stimulus of a recent

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et quia vi tot simulcorripere intutum dolus intervalla scelerum poscebat. placuit tamen occultior via et a Druso incipere, in quem recentiira ferebatur.

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Drusus, who could not brook a rival and was somewhat irascible, had, in a casual dispute, raised his fist at Sejanus, and, when he defended himself, had struck him in the face.

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On considering every plan, Sejanus thought his easiest revenge was to turn his attention to Livia, Drusus's wife. She was a sister of Germanicus, and though she was not handsome as a girl, she became a woman of surpassing beauty.

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