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[104] But there still survives to add lustre to this glorious age a man1 worthy to be remembered through all time: he is appreciated today, but after generations shall declare his name [p. 61] aloud. The bold utterances of Crenutius2 also have their admirers, and deserve their fame, though the passages which brought him to his ruin have been expurgated; still that which is left reveals a rich store of lofty animation and fearless reflexions upon life. There are other good writers as well, but I am merely selecting from the different departments of literature, not reviewing complete libraries.

1 Probably Fabius Rusticus. Tacitus would have been too young at this time to be mentioned in such terms.

2 Crenutius Cordus wrote a history of the Civil wars and reign of Augustus. He was accused for his praise of Brutus and Cassius, and committed suicide in A.D. 25. It was he who called Cassius “the last of all the Romans.”

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