Tacitus Annals- Book 4 - Chapter 4

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Interim anni principio Drusus ex Germanici liberistogam virilem sumpsit quaeque fratri eius Neroni decreverat senatus repetita.
Meanwhile, at the beginning of this year, Drusus, one of the children of Germanicus, assumed the dress of manhood, with a repetition of the honours decreed by the Senate to his brother Nero.
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addidit orationem Caesar multa cumlaude filii sui quod patria benevolentia in fratris liberos foret.
The emperor added a speech, with warm praise of his son for sharing a father's affection to his brother's children.
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nam Drusus, quamquam arduum sit eodem loci potentiamet concordiam esse, aequus adulescentibus aut certe nonadversus habebatur.
Drusus indeed, difficult as it is for power and mutual harmony to exist side by side, had the character of being kindly disposed or at least not unfriendly towards the lads.
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exim vetus et saepe simulatum proficiscendi in provincias consilium refertur. multitudinemveteranorum praetexebat imperator et dilectibus supplendosexercitus:
And now the old plan, so often insincerely broached, of a progress through the provinces, was again discussed. The emperor's pretext was the number of veterans on the eve of discharge and the necessity of fresh levies for the army.
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nam voluntarium militem deesse, ac si suppeditet, non eadem virtute ac modestia agere, quia plerumqueinopes ac vagi sponte militiam sumant.
Volunteers were not forthcoming, and even if they were sufficiently numerous, they had not the same bravery and discipline, as it is chiefly the needy and the homeless who adopt by their own choice a soldier's life.
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percensuitquecursim numerum legionum et quas provincias tutarentur.
Tiberius also rapidly enumerated the legions and the provinces which they had to garrison.
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quod mihi quoque exequendum reor, quae tunc Romanacopia in armis, qui socii reges, quanto sit angustius imperitatum.
I too ought, I think, to go through these details, and thus show what forces Rome then had under arms, what kings were our allies, and how much narrower then were the limits of our empire.
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addidit orationem Caesar multa cumlaude filii sui quod patria benevolentia in fratris liberos foret.

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