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Tacitus' Histories Page 12
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interea Othonem, cui compositis rebus nulla spes, omne in turbido consilium, multa simul extimulabant,
Meanwhile many things at the same time were stimulating Otho, who had no hope in peaceful conditions and had a plan when everything was chaotic,
luxuria metiam principi onerosa, inopia vix privato toleranda, in Galbam ira, in Pisonem invidia;
he had extravagance burdensome even to an emperor, poverty scarcely tolerable for a private person, anger towards Galba and jealousy towards Piso;
fingebat et metum quo magis concupisceret:
he was even fabricating fear in order to desire more:
praegravem se Neroni fuisse, nec Lusitaniam rursus et alterius exilii honorem exectandum.
he said that he had been a burden to Nero and that he must not wait for another Lusitania and the honour of another exile.
suspectum semper invisumque dominantibus qui proximus destinaretur.
Whoever was destined to be next in line was always suspected and envied by leaders.
nocuisse id sibi apud senem principem, magis nociturum apud iuvenem ingenio trueco et longo exilio efferatum: occidi Othonem posse.
This has harmed him in the eyes of the old emperor, it will harm him more in the eyes of the young man who was savage by nature and wild from a long exile: Otho might be killed.
proinde agendum audendumque, dum Galbae auctoritas fluxa, Pisonis nondum coaluisset.
Therefore one must do and dare, while the authority of Galba is unsettled and the authority of Piso is not yet established.
opportunos magnis conatibus transitus rerum, nec cunctatione opus, ubi perniciosior sit quies quam temeritas.
The changes of situation are useful for great attempts, nor is there need for delay when inaction might be more destructive than leaving it to chance.
mortem omnibus ex natura aequalem oblivione apud posteros vel gloria distingui;
Death is equal to all people in its nature and it is distinguished in posterity by glory or anonymity;
ac si nocentem innocentemque idem exitus maneat, acrioris viri ess merito perire.
and if the same death awaits the innocent and there guilty, it is the duty of the keener man to die for a purpose.
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