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John Bartlett (1820–1905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.

8975 Taitus AD 55-AD 117 John Bartlett

AUTHOR:Tacitus (A.D. c. 55–A.D. c. 117)
QUOTATION:The images of twenty of the most illustrious families—the Manlii, the Quinctii, and other names of equal splendour—were carried before it [the bier of Junia]. Those of Brutus and Cassius were not displayed; but for that very reason they shone with pre-eminent lustre. 1
ATTRIBUTION:Annales. iii. 76. 11.
Note 1.
Lord John Russell, alluding to an expression used by him (“Conspicuous by his absence”) in his address to the electors of the city of London, said, “It is not an original expression of mine, but is taken from one of the greatest historians of antiquity.” [back]