Dead Tyrant? What a Drag!

Historia Augusta, Commodus (19):

Decree of the Senate:

“Listen, Caesar! Let the butcher be drawn by a hook. Let the butcher be drawn by a hook according to the customs of the ancients. He was more savage than Domitian, more defiled than Nero. Thus he acted – thus let him suffer. Let the memories of the innocent be preserved. We ask that you restore the honors of the innocent. Let the corpse of the gladiator be drawn by a hook, let the corpse of the gladiator be tossed into the spoliarium. Ask again, ask again – we all think that he should be drawn by a hook. Let the one who killed all be drawn by a hook. Let the one who killed every generation be drawn by a hook. Let the one who killed each sex be drawn by a hook. Let the one who did not spare even his own family be drawn by a hook. Let the one who despoiled our temples be drawn by a hook. Let the one who destroyed wills be drawn by a hook. Let the one who despoiled the living be drawn by a hook. We have been slaves to slaves. Let the one who demanded a ransom for our lives be drawn by a hook. Let the one who demanded a ransom for life and broke his promise be drawn by a hook. Let the one who sold the senate be drawn by a hook. Let the one who stole inheritances from sons be drawn by a hook. Informers out of the senate! Accusers out of the senate! Suborners of slaves out of the senate! Even you feared with us, you know everything, you recognize the good and the bad. You know everything – correct everything! – we feared on your behalf! O, we are so fortunate with you as our leader! Consider again, consider again, ask again about the parricide! We beg for your presence! The innocent are not yet buried. Let the parricide’s body be drawn by a hook. The parricide dug up the buried – let the parricide’s body be drawn!”

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Exaudi Caesar : carnifex unco trahatur. Carnifex senatus more maiorum unco trahatur. Saevior Domitiano, impurior Nerone. Sic fecit, sic patiatur. Memoriae innocentium serventur. honores innocentium restituas, rogamus. Parricidae cadaver unco trahatur, gladiatoris cadaver unco trahatur, gladiatoris cadaver in spoliario ponatur. Perroga, perroga, omnes censemus unco trahendum. Qui omnes occidit, unco trahatur. Qui omnem aetatem occidit, unco trahatur. Qui utrumque sexum occidit, unco trahatur. Qui sanguini suo non pepercit, unco trahatur. Qui templa spoliavit, unco trahatur. 5 Qui testamenta delevit, unco trahatur. Qui vivos spoliavit, unco trahatur. Servis serviimus. 6 Qui pretia vitae exegit, unco trahatur. Qui pretia vitae exegit et fidem non servavit, unco trahatur. Qui senatum vendidit, unco trahatur. Qui filiis abstulit hereditatem, unco trahatur.  Indices de senatu. Delatores de senatu. Servorum subornatores de senatu. Et tu nobiscum timuisti, omnia scis, et bonos et malos nosti. Omnia scis, omnia emenda, pro te timuimus. O nos felices, te viro imperante. De parricida refer, refer, perroga. Praesentiam tuam rogamus. Innocentes sepulti non sunt: parricidae cadaver trahatur. Parricida sepultos eruit: parricidae cadaver trahatur.

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