12. Deuotio, Disease, and Remedia in the Histories

  1. Victoria Emma Pagán PhD
  1. Rebecca Edwards PhD

Published Online: 24 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444354188.ch12

A Companion to Tacitus

A Companion to Tacitus

How to Cite

Edwards, R. (2011) Deuotio, Disease, and Remedia in the Histories, in A Companion to Tacitus (ed V. E. Pagán), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444354188.ch12

Editor Information

  1. University of Florida, USA

Author Information

  1. Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 24 NOV 2011
  2. Published Print: 19 DEC 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405190329

Online ISBN: 9781444354188



  • Deuotio, disease, Remedia in the Histories;
  • first battle of Bedriacum;
  • Tacitus, enigmatic and subtle;
  • self-sacrificial elements, deuotiones;
  • Romans, Latins sharing same gods;
  • reconciling Romans to their gods;
  • Tacitus depicting rift, Romans and their gods;
  • language reminiscent of lex sacrata;
  • Otho's self-sacrifice


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • A Brief History of deuotio

  • The Death of Galba as loco deuotionis

  • Otho's Self-Sacrifice

  • Flavian remedia

  • Guide to Further Reading