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Page i Tacitus' Agricola, Germany, And Dialogue on Orators OKLAHOMA SERIES IN CLASSICAL CULTURE Page ii Oklahoma Series in Classical Culture Series Editor A. J. Heisserer, University of Oklahoma Advisory Board Ernst Badian, Harvard University David F. Bright, Iowa State University Nancy Demand, Indiana University Elaine Fantham, Princeton University R. M. Frazer, Tulane University Ronald J. Leprohon, University of Toronto Robert A. Moysey, University of Mississippi Helen F. North, Swarthmore College Robert J.

Ogilvie and I. Richmond, Cornelii Taciti de Vita Agricolae (Oxford, 1967); R. Much, Die Germania des Tacitus, third edition by H. Jankuhn and W. Lange (Heidelberg, 1967); R. Güngerich, Kommentar zum Dialogus des Tacitus (Göttingen, 1980); and H. Heubner, Kommentar zum Agricola des Tacitus (Göttingen, 1984). I am grateful to the University of Oklahoma Press's anonymous readers for their comments and suggestions which have led to amendment and improvement. H. W. B. Page xi Preface to the First Edition For a translator to speak of the nature of his version even before the reader has had the opportunity to scan the first page of it may seem inappropriate.

Then he passed the time between his quaestorship and his tribunate of the people in inactivity and leisure, and he did not act differently even while he was tribune, since he knew that, in the reign of Nero, idleness was considered wisdom. His praetorship was similar in terms of its peaceful inactivity, for he had not been assigned to preside over a court. He presented public games and other trivialities of his office with a nice mixture of restraint and extravagance, with the result that his reputation increased all the more as he avoided excess.

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