The Frisian name thus became famous in Germany, and Tiberius kept
our losses a secret, not wishing to entrust any one with the war.
Nor did the Senate care whether dishonour fell on the extreme frontiers
of the empire. Fear at home had filled their hearts, and for this
they sought relief in sycophancy. And so, although their advice was
asked on totally different subjects, they decreed an altar to Clemency,
an altar to Friendship, and statues round them to Caesar and Sejanus,
both of whom they earnestly begged with repeated entreaties to allow
themselves to be seen in public. Still, neither of them would visit
Rome or even the neighbourhood of Rome; they thought it enough to
quit the island and show themselves on the opposite shores of Campania.
Senators, knights, a number of the city populace flocked thither,
anxiously looking to Sejanus, approach to whom was particularly difficult
and was consequently sought by intrigue and by complicity in his counsels.
It was sufficiently clear that his arrogance was increased by gazing
on this foul and openly displayed servility. At Rome indeed hurrying
crowds are a familiar sight, from the extent of the city no one knows
on what business each citizen is bent; but there, as they lounged
in promiscuous crowds in the fields or on the shore, they had to bear
day and night alike the patronising smiles and the supercilious insolence
of hall-porters, till even this was forbidden them, and those whom
Sejanus had not deigned to accost or to look on, returned to the capital
in alarm, while some felt an evil joy, though there hung over them
the dreadful doom of that ill-starred friendship.
Tiberius meanwhile having himself in person bestowed the hand of his
granddaughter Agrippina, Germanicus’s daughter, on Cneius Domitius,
directed the marriage to be celebrated at Rome. In selecting Domitius
he looked not only to his ancient lineage, but also to his alliance
with the blood of the Caesars, for he could point to Octavia as his
grandmother and through her to Augustus as his great-uncle.