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C. Suetonius Tranquillus, Nero (ed. Alexander Thomson), chapter 19 (search)
Matapan, which, even in our days, has its perils.
See JULIUS Caesar, C. xliv. and CALIGULA, C. xxi.
and, having made a speech encouraging his pretorians to set about the work, on a signal given by sound of trumpet, he first broke ground with a spade, and carried off a basket full of earth upon his shoulders.
He made preparations for an expedition to the Pass of the Caspian mountains;Caspiae Porta; so called from the difficulties opposed by the narrow and rocky defile to the passage of the Caucasus from the country washed by the Euxine, now called Georgia, to that lying between the Caspian and the sea of Azof.
It commences a few miles north of Teflis, and is frequently the scene of contests between the Russians and Circassian tribes. forming a new legion out of his late levies in Italy, of men all six feet high, which he called the phalanx of Alexander the Great.
These transactions, in part unexceptionable, and in part highly commendable, I have
brought into one view, in order to sepa