The Cultural Coldwars
Episode 1

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19 1 Legamen ad paginam Latinam The most noteworthy event of the rule of Carus, Carinus

and Numerian was the series of games that they gave the Roman people, distinguished by

some novel spectacles, a painting of which we have seen in the Palace near the portico of the

stables.50 2 For there was exhibited a rope-walker, who in his buskins seemed to be walking on

the winds, also a wall-climber, who, eluding a bear, ran up a wall, also some bears which acted

a farce, and, besides, one hundred trumpeters who blew one single blast together, one hundred

horn-blowers, one hundred flute-players, also one hundred flute-players who accompanied

songs, one thousand pantomimists and gymnasts, moreover, a mechanical scaffold,51 which,

however, burst into flames and burned up the stage — though this Diocletian later restored on a

p449 more magnificent scale. Furthermore, actors were gathered together from every side. 3

They were given also Sarmatian games,52 than which nothing affords greater pleasure, and,

besides, a Cyclops-performance.53 And they bestowed on the Greek artists and gymnasts and

actors and musicians both gold and silver and they bestowed on them also garments of silk.

20 1 Legamen ad paginam Latinam But although all these things have a certain charm for the

populace, they are of no importance in a good emperor. 2 In fact, a saying of Diocletian's is

current, uttered when one of his treasury-officials54 was speaking to him with praise of Carus'

exhibition, saying that he and his sons, while emperors, had gained great favour by means of

theatrical spectacles and spectacles in the circus. "And so," he remarked, "Carus caused great

laughter during his rule." 3 In fact, when Diocletian himself presented spectacles, after inviting

all nations thereto, he was most sparing in his liberality, declaring that there should be more

continence in games when a censor was looking on.

4 I should like this passage to be read by Junius Messalla,55 with whom I will dare to find fault

frankly. For he has cut off his natural heirs and bestowed his ancestral fortune on players, giving

a tunic of his mother's to an actress and a cloak of his father's to an actor — and rightly so, I

suppose, if a gold and purple mantle of his grandmother's could be used as a costume by a

tragic actor! 5 Indeed, the name of Messalla's wife is still embroidered on the violet mantle of a

flute-player, who exults in it as the spoils p451of a noble house. Why, now, should I speak of

those linen garments imported from Egypt? Why of those garments from Tyre and Sidon, so fine

and transparent, of gleaming purple and famed for their embroidery-work? 6 He has presented,

besides, capes brought from the Atrabati56 and capes from Canusium57 and Africa, such

splendour as never before was seen on the stage. 21Legamen ad paginam Latinam All of this I

have put into writing in order that future givers of spectacles may be touched by a sense of

shame and so be deterred from cutting off their lawful heirs and squandering their inheritances

on actors and mountebanks.

2 And now, my friend, accept this gift of mine, which, as I have often said, I have brought out to

the light of day, not because of its elegance of style but because of its learned research, chiefly

with this purpose in view, that if any gifted stylist should wish to reveal the deeds of the

emperors, he might not lack the material, having, as he will, my little books as ministers to his

eloquence. 3 I pray you, then, to be content and to contend that in this work I had the wish to

write better than I had the power.    

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