Tacitus (c. 56/57-117)

“Many insist that heaven is unconcerned with our births and deaths—is unconcerned, in fact, with human beings—so that the good often suffer, and the wicked prosper. Others disagree, maintaining that although things happen according to fate, this depends not on astral movements but on the principles and logic of natural causality.”

  • The Annals of Imperial Rome (Book VI, section 22), by Tacitus, translated by Michael Grant (Penguin Classics, 1996).

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