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Tacitus, Annals. IV. 57

  • J. P. V. D. Balsdon (a1)

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1 This has a particular interest as being the only passage in the Annals in which Tacitus gives any description of Tiberius' personal appearance. Suetonius describes Tiberius' physical appearance in chapter 68. He mentions ‘pimples’ (so J. C. Rolfe in the Loeb translation; I prefer Philemon Holland's ‘small tumours or risings’)— ‘facie honesta, in qua tamen crebri et subiti tumores’—, says nothing about baldness, describes Tiberius as being, in general, tall, well proportioned and imposing, and states, with regard to his health, ‘valitudine prosperrima usus est, tempore quidem principatus paene toto prope inlaesa’.

Tacitus, Annals. IV. 57

  • J. P. V. D. Balsdon (a1)

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