Historia Augusta, 25. The Deified Claudius

LCL 263: 152-153

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The Deified Claudius

Divus Claudius

Trebellii Pollionis

I. Ventum est ad principem Claudium, qui nobis intuitu Constantii Caesaris cum cura in litteras digerendus est. de quo ego idcirco recusare non potui quod alios, tumultuarios videlicet imperatores ac regulos, scripseram eo libro quem de triginta tyrannis edidi, qui Cleopatranam etiam stirpem Victoriamque1 2nunc detinet; si quidem eo res processit ut mulierum 3etiam vitas scribi Gallieni comparatio effecerit. neque enim fas erat eum tacere principem, qui tantam generis sui prolem reliquit,2 qui bellum Gothicum sua virtute

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The Deified Claudius

The Deified Claudius

by Trebellius Pollio

I. I have now come to the Emperor Claudius,1 whose life I must set forth in writing with all due care, out of respect for Constantius Caesar. I could not, indeed, refuse to write of him, inasmuch as I had already written of others, emperors created in tumult, I mean, and princes of no importance, all in that book which I composed about the thirty pretenders and which now includes even a descendant of Cleopatra2 and a Victoria;3 for things had come to such a pass that, for the sake of comparison with Gallienus, I was forced to write even the lives of women.4 And, in fact, it would not be right to leave unmentioned an emperor who left us such a scion of his race,5 who ended the war against the Goths by his own valour,

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.historia_augusta_deified_claudius.1932