Marcus Claudius "Gothicus Maximus" Tacitus
Emperor 275-276 A.D.
Marcus Claudius Gothicus Maximus Tacitus
When the wind is up, wandering, often lost
near the golden mountains of Cappadocia,
hear the fever-raves (sepsis) of Tacitus,
rants against succubi in gaudy silks,
spectres from fairy chimneys in the rocks.
Fictive descendant of Tacitus, the historian,
he war-dances with sword in darkness
against the absence of Caligula's moon tonight.
There in Tyana, now called Kemerhisar,
Tacitus stumbles into random homes,
I am Teacher... God of the long view,
Deified in all Divine Depth....
Learn: the whole, light and shade,
is but scrawl, a doodle on calf hide.