Historia Augusta, 24. The Thirty Pretenders

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The Thirty Pretenders

Tyranni Triginta

Trebellii Pollionis

I. Scriptis iam pluribus libris non historico nec diserto sed pedestri adloquio, ad eam temporum venimus seriem, in qua per annos, quibus Gallienus et Valerianus rem publicam tenuerunt, triginta tyranni occupato Valeriano magnis belli Persici necessitatibus exstiterunt, cum Gallienum non solum viri sed etiam mulieres contemptui haberent, ut suis 2locis probabitur. sed quoniam tanta obscuritas eorum hominum fuit, qui ex diversis orbis partibus ad imperium convolabant, ut non multa de iis vel dici possint a doctioribus vel requiri, deinde ab omnibus

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The Thirty Pretenders

The Thirty Pretenders

by Trebellius Pollio

I. After having written many books in the style of neither an historian nor a scholar but only that of a layman, we have now reached the series of years in which the thirty pretenders1 arose—the years when the Empire was ruled by Gallienus and Valerian, when Valerian was busied with the great demands of the Persian War and Gallienus, as will be shown in the proper place, was held in contempt not only by men but by women as well. But since so obscure were these men, who flocked in from divers parts of the world to seize the imperial power, that not much concerning them can be either related by scholars or demanded of them, and since all those historians who have written

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.historia_augusta_thirty_pretenders.1932