He likewise provided a liberal education for the sons of the chiefs, and showed such a preference for the natural powers of the Britons over the industry of the Gauls that they who lately disdained the tongue of Rome now coveted its eloquence. Hence, too, a liking sprang up for our style of dress, and the "toga" became fashionable. Step by step they were led to things which dispose to vice, the lounge, the bath, the elegant banquet. All this in their ignorance, they called civilization, when it was but a part of their servitude.Lots of good quotes by Tacitus, who felt that Roman honor and virtue were deteriorating in his day, starting with the emperors. He didn't much like the Christians.
Sunday, July 14, 2019
The Co-opting of the Britons
Tacitus, writing about how his father-in-law Agricola succeeded in further subduing the conquered Britons by appealing to their vanity and snobbery, inviting them in to the power structure, conditionally. Book 1, Chapter 21.
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