Tacitus, Annals XII.37

“For if you wish to rule over all, does it then follow that all welcome slavery?”

nam si vos omnibus imperitare vultis, sequitur ut omnes servitutem accipiant?

This is taken from a speech delivered by the British leader Caratacus, who was defeated and led to Rome after an unsuccessful uprising aimed at casting off the Roman yoke during the reign of Claudius. Before the conflict with the Romans, Caratacus huc illuc volitans illum diem, illam aciem testabatur aut reciperandae libertatis aut servitutis aeternae initium fore. (Caratacus, rushing all about here and there that day, declared that that battle would be the beginning either of recovering their freedom or of eternal servitude.” Tacitus, Annals XII.34) Vae victis!

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