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Historiae by Tacitus
Translated by Alfred John Church and William Jackson Brodribb
Book I Chapter 69: Revolt of Vitellius. Pardom for the Helvetii[AD 69]
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It is hard to say whether the envoys from Helvetia found the Emperor or his army less merciful. " Exterminate the race" was the cry of the soldiers as they brandished their weapons, or shook their fists in the faces of the envoys. Even Vitellius himself did not refrain from threatening words and gestures, till at length Claudius Cossus, one of the Helvetian envoys, a man of well-known eloquence, but who then concealed the art of the orator under an assumption of alarm, and was therefore more effective, soothed the rage of the soldiers, who, like all multitudes, were liable to sudden impulses, and were now as inclined to pity as they had been extravagant in fury. Bursting into tears and praying with increasing earnestness for a milder sentence, they procured pardon and protection for the state.

Event: Revolt of Vitellius