Historia Augusta, 29. Firmus, Saturninus, Proculus, Bonosus

LCL 263: 386-387

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Firmus, Saturninus, Proculus

Firmus Saturninus Proculus Et Bonosus

Flavii Vopisci Syracusii

I. Minusculos tyrannos scio plerosque tacuisse aut breviter praeterisse. nam et Suetonius Tranquillus, emendatissimus et candidissimus scriptor, Antonium Vindicemque1 tacuit, contentus eo quod eos cursim perstrinxerat, et Marius Maximus2 Avidium Marci temporibus, Albinum et Nigrum Severi non suis propriis 2libris sed alienis innexuit. et de Suetonio non miramur, cui familiare fuit amare brevitatem. quid Marius Maximus, homo omnium verbosissimus, qui et mythistoricis se voluminibus implicavit, num ad istam 3descriptionem curamque descendit? atque contra Trebellius Pollio ea fuit diligentia, ea cura in edendis bonis malisque principibus ut etiam triginta tyrannos uno breviter libro concluderet, qui Valeriani et Gallieni nec multo superiorum aut inferiorum principum

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Firmus, Saturninus, Proculus,

Firmus, Saturninus, Proculus, and bonosus

By Flavius Vopiscus of Syracuse

I. The minor pretenders, I am well aware, have either been wholly omitted by most of the writers or else passed over briefly. For Suetonius Tranquillus, a most accurate and truthful author, has said nothing of Antonius1 or Vindex, content with having touched on them in passing, and Marius Maximus2 treated of Avidius in the time of Marcus and of Albinus and Niger under Severus in no special books of their own but merely joined them to the lives of others. Now in regard to Suetonius we feel no wonder, for he was naturally a lover of brevity. But what of Marius Maximus, the wordiest man of all, who involved himself in pseudo-historical works? Did he descend to such accuracy of detail? But, on the other hand, Trebellius Pollio, in writing of the emperors, both good and bad, showed such industry and care that he also included, though briefly and in a single book, the thirty pretenders of the time of Valerian and Gallienus and the emperors who lived shortly before

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.historia_augusta_firmus_saturninus_proculus_bonosus.1932