Historia Augusta, 22. The Two Valerians

LCL 263: 2-3

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The Two Valerians

Valeriani Duo

Trebellii Pollionis

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I. . . . Sapori regi regum vel soli1: “Si scirem posse aliquando Romanos penitus vinci, gauderem tibi 2de victoria, quam praefers. sed quia vel fato vel virtute gens illa plurimum potest, vide ne, quod senem imperatorem cepisti et id quidem fraude, male tibi 3cedat et posteris tuis. cogita quantas gentes Romani ex hostibus suas fecerint, a quibus saepe2 victi sunt. 4audivimus certe quod Galli eos vicerint et ingentem illam civitatem incenderint; certe Romanis serviunt. quid Afri? eos non vicerunt? certe serviunt 5Romanis. de longioribus exemplis et fortasse

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The Two Valerians

The Two Valerians1

By Trebellius Pollio

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I. . . . to Sapor, the King of Kings2 or, in fact, Sole King: “Did I but know for a certainty that the Romans could be wholly defeated, I should congratulate you on the victory of which you boast. But inasmuch as that nation, either through Fate or its own prowess, is all-powerful, look to it lest the fact that you have taken prisoner an aged emperor, and that indeed by guile, may turn out ill for yourself and your descendants. Consider what mighty nations the Romans have made their subjects instead of their enemies after they had often suffered defeat at their hands. We have heard, in fact, how the Gauls conquered them and burned that great city of theirs; it is a fact that the Gauls are now servants to the Romans. What of the Africans? Did they not conquer the Romans? It is a fact that they serve

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.historia_augusta_two_valerians.1932