Monday, February 09, 2015


Difficulty of Ascertaining Historical Truth

Tacitus, Annals 3.19 (tr. John Jackson):
So true it is that the great event is an obscure event: one school admits all hearsay evidence, whatever its character, as indisputable; another perverts the truth into its contrary; and, in each case, posterity magnifies the error.

adeo maxima quaeque ambigua sunt, dum alii quoquo modo audita pro compertis habent, alii vera in contrarium vertunt et gliscit utrumque posteritate.

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