Tacitus – The Annals, Book 11: 47-48 AD – 11.1‑15 Claudius is emperor. In Rome, Suillius prosecutes many. Turmoil in Armenia. Messalina believed former consul, Valerius Asiaticus was on of Poppaea’s old lovers. She started looking greedily at the gardens Lucullus started & Asiaticus was building up. So she got
Tacitus – The Annals, Book 6 – A.D. 32-37 – 6.28‑51 Parthian War, centered on Armenia. Fire on the Aventine Hill in Rome. Death of Tiberius. While Paulus Fabius & Lucius Vitellius were consuls, a phoenix appeared for the 1st time in ages in Egypt. Men from all over, especially
Tacitus – The Annals, Book 6 – A.D. 32-37 – 1‑27 The purges after the fall of Sejanus. Cneius Domitius & Camillus Scribonius began their consulships when the emperor crossed the channel between Caprae & Surrentum, sailing along Campania, wondering if he should go into Rome or not. He often
Shakespeare – Macbeth Summary Act 1, Scene 1 In this scene, 3 witches meet up in a deserted area. They decide to meet again once the fighting is over, which they predict will be at sundown on the heath. They say they will meet with Macbeth about something but
On the Knocking at the Gate in Macbeth by Thomas de Quincey (1823) I was always puzzled about the knocking at the gate in Macbeth right after Duncan’s murder. But I never knew why. It reflected back on the murder with an awfulness & solemnity… but why? Don’t pay attention
Scene 1 – Dunsinane. Ante-room in the castle. [ENTER DOCTOR & WAITING GENTLEWOMAN] Doctor: You & I have been watching the last 2 nights but I haven’t seen anything of what you’ve said. When did she last walk? Gentlewoman: When the king went to war. I saw her get out
Scene 1 – A cavern. In the middle, a boiling cauldron. [THUNDER] [ENTER 3 WITCHES] Witch 1: The grey cat’s meowed 3 times. Witch 2: 3 times, & the hedgehog’s whined once. Witch 3: The harpy’s crying, “it’s time!” Witch 1: Round the cauldron, we throw in poison entrails. A
Scene 1 – Forres. The palace [ENTER BANQUO] Banquo: Now you have it – King, Cawdor, Glamis – just like the 3 witches said. But I suspect you of foul play. But it was said it not to go on to your line but to mine to be rulers.
Scene 1 – Inverness – court within the castle [ENTER BANQUO & FLEANCE WITH A TORCH] Banquo: How are things, son? Fleance: The moon’s down but the clock hasn’t gone off. Banquo: & it goes down at 12. Fleance: It feels later than that. Banquo: Take my sword. The heavens
Macbeth by Shakespeare – Act 1 Characters: Duncan, King of Scotland Malcolm, Ducan’s son Donalbain, Duncan’s son Macbeth, General of the King’s Army Banquo, General of the King’s Army Macduff, Noble of Scotland Lennox, Noble of Scotland Ross, Noble of Scotland Menteith, Noble of Scotland Angus, Noble of Scotland Caithness,
Tacitus – The Annals, Book 5: 29-31 AD – The death of the dowager Empress Livia. In the consulship of Rubellius & Fufius (both of Geminus family), Augusta died at a very old age. She was born into the Claudia family & was adopted by a Livia & a Julia,
Tacitus – The Annals, Book 4: 23-28 AD – 4.57‑75 Tiberius abandons the capital for Campania. Fire on the Coelian Hill in Rome. Condemnation of Titius Sabinus. After long reflection, the emperor retired to Campania. claiming to dedicate a temple to Jupiter at Capua & one to Augustus at Nola.
Tacitus – The Annals, Book 4: 23-28 AD – 4.46‑56 War in Thrace. Plots set in motion against Agrippina. In the consulship of Lentulus Gaetulius & Caius Calvinius, triumph was decreed for Poppaeus Sabinus who’d crushed a Thracian uprising. The rebellion originated in their resentment of levies supplying Rome with
Tacitus – The Annals, Book 4: 23-28 AD – 4.32‑45 The beginning of the fall of Sejanus. A lot of this seems a bit unimportant to record. Mr writings don’t really compare to older writers. They wrote about great wars, sacking cities, defeat & capture of kings abroad. At home,
4.23‑31 The war against Tacfarinas finally over. More prosecutions. This was the last year of the struggles with the Numidian Tacfarinas. Former generals thought it was all over & let him roam. There were statues all over Rome celebrating his defeat but he was still at large, ravaging Africa, getting
4.1‑22 Intrigues in Rome: the continued rise of Sejanus, who poisons Drusus. Prosecutions of C. Silius and others. Caius Asinius & Caius Antistius were consuls in Tiberius’s 9th year as emperor. The State & Tiberius’s house were in a state of tranquility, since he saw Germanicus’s death as a happy
3.56‑76 Intrigues in Rome: Tiberius against Silanus. Tacfarinas’ revolt in Numidia, continued. Tiberius got applause for trying to check against informers. He wrote to the Senate asking for tribunitian power for Drusus. This was a move that Augustus used to gain supremacy without using the name of king or dictator.
3.40‑55 Revolt in Gaul. Intrigues in Rome. That year, some states in Gaul attempted a revolt out of pressure of heavy debts. The biggest instigators were Julius Florus of the Treveri & Julius Sacrovir of the Aedui. They were of noble birth from ancestors who’d been given Roman citizenship out
3.20‑39 Roman domestic politics and legal matters. The same year, Tacfarinas, who’d been defeated by Camillus the year before, started hostilities again in Africa. At first he started with small raids so as not to get caught. Then he started attacking villages. He moved on to wholesale plunder. He was
Tacitus – The Annals, Book 3: 20-22 AD – 3.1‑19 Rome after Germanicus: eulogies, intrigues, and adjustment. Without stopping in her voyage, Agrippina arrived at the island of Corcyra, facing Calabria. She went there to clear her mind. Friends & underlings flocked to Brundiusm, the logical landing point from Corcyra,