Suetonius, Life of Domitian, 2
Domitianus fecit consilium facere impetum in Galliam Germaniāsque ut sē fratrī Titō et et dignatione. bellum nōn erat necessarium et Domitianus dissuasus est ā amicīs patris.
pater suus erat iratus et Domitianus habitāre ūnā cum patre ut demonstrāret iuvenilem. in publicā, pater et frater visī sunt in sellīs officialibus sed Domitianus latus est in . in triumphō Iudaicō, ille equitāvit in equō albō. puerī, nōn virī, saepe equitāvērunt in equīs albīs.
ipse simulāvit agere sē modestē et studium poeticae. poetica tamen nōn delectāvit Domitianō et postea odit eam.
cum Vologaesus rex Parthōrum rogāvisset Vespasianum ut mitteret unum filium ut duceret exercitum contra hostēs, Domitianus temptāvit omnia ut ipse mitteretur. nōn missus est et tunc temptāvit sollicitāre aliōs Orientēs regēs donīs et praemiīs ut .
patre mortuō, diu Domitianus temptāvit offerre duplam pecuniam militibus ut faverent eō. dixit quoque testamentum suī patris esse falsum quod putāvit sē debēre habēre partem imperiī. fēcit insidiās contra fratrem clam que.
tandem Titus erat aegerrimus et Domitianus dixit necesse esse sibi prō mortuō. dēdit nulls̄ honorēs fratrī mortuō praeter honorem .
Expeditionem quoque in Galliam Germaniasque necessariam et , ut fratri se et et dignatione adaequaret.
correptum, quo magis et aetatis et condicionis , habitabat cum patre una, , , lectica sequebatur ac utriusque Iudaicum comitatus est. In sex consulatibus , .
et ipse mire modestiam, in primisque poeticae studium, tam insuentum antea sibi quam postea spretum et abiectum, recitavitque etiam publice.
tamen eo setius, cum Vologaesus Parthorum rex auxilia adversus Alanos ducemque alterum ex Vespasiani liberis depoposcisset, omni ope contendit ut ipse potissimus mitteretur; et quia discussa res est, alios Orientes reges ut idem postularent donis ac pollicitationibus sollicitare temptavit.
Patre defuncto, an militi , relictum se participem imperii, sed fraudem testamento adhibitam; neque cessavit ex eo insidias struere fratri , quoad correptum gravi valitudine, prius quam plane efflaret animam, ; defunctumque nullo praeterquam consecrationis honore dignatus, saepe etiam orationibus et edictis.
Operatives, in the past you have seen the future active indicative. Now look at the following sentences:
Puer ā puellā amābitur.
The boy will be loved by the girl.
Discipulī ā rhētore docēbuntur.
The students will be taught by the rhetor.
Servī ā Salviō pūnientur.
The slaves will be punished by Salvius
The verbs in these sentences are all in the future passive indicative. Remember that when verbs are passive, the subject receives the action of the verb.
Operatives, just like in the future active indicative, in the future passive indicative verbs in the 1st and 2nd conjugation are formed differently than verbs in the 3rd and 4th conjugation.
Study how 1st and 2nd conjugation verbs are formed in the future passive indicative:
Formula = present stem + bo, be, bi or bu + passive personal endings
Amābor Amābimur I shall/will be loved We will be loved
Amāberis Amābiminī you will be loved You all will be loved
Amābitur Amābuntur He will be loved They will be loved
Now study how 3rd and 4th conjugation verbs are formed in the future passive indicative:
3rd conjugation 4th conjugation
Dūcar Dūcēmur Audiar Audiēmur
Dūcēris Dūcēminī Audiēris Audiēminī
Dūcētur Dūcentur Audiētur Audientur
Notice that the 3rd and 4th conjugation are formed almost in exactly the same way as the future active, except that the future passive uses the passive personal endings instead of the active. There is also some fun with macrons on the stem vowels.
Proving to the Emperor Domitian himself that you are worth his time will be no easy task. We would strongly encourage you to consider the last couple of key-texts and the information gained from them about his early life and ascension to princeps. It might also be a good idea to read some more from Suetonius' Life of Domitian to see if there is anything else you could pull out to sway the emperor. Furthermore, we'd suggest that you consider what Marcus said about your impact on those significant historical events. Maybe the Emperor could be convinced that you are indeed worth his time?
CULTURALIA Comprehension Questions
Directions: Using the CULTURALIA section of your CODEX as a guide, answer the following questions:
1. What events early in Domitian's upbringing may have impacted his life?
2. After the Flavian armies prevail in the Year of the Four Emperors and Vespasian is proclaimed emperor, what role does Domitian have in Rome? How does he conduct himself?
3. As Emperor, how does Domitian conduct himself as an administrator? Whose reign did he attempt to emulate?
4. Where does Domitian launch military campaigns? Is he successful?
5. How do the events of his assassination unfold? Is this surprising?
6. Who succeeds Domitian as emperor? Why?