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Twelve Emperors by Suetonius

Domitian, Chapter 9: Legislation
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In the earlier part of his reign he so shrank from any form of bloodshed, that while his father [Note 1] was still absent from the city, he [Note 2] planned to issue an edict that no oxen should be offered up, recalling the line of Vergil, "E'er yet an impious race did slay and feast upon bullocks" [Verg. Georg. 2.537]. He was equally free from any suspicion of love of gain or of avarice, both in private life and for some time after becoming emperor; on the contrary, he often gave strong proofs not merely of integrity, but even of liberality. He treated all his intimates most generously, and there was nothing which he urged them more frequently, or with greater insistence, than that they should be niggardly in none of their acts. He would not accept inheritances left him by those who had children. He even annulled a legacy in the will of Rustus Caepio, who had provided that his heir should yearly pay a specified sum to each of the senators on his entrance into the Curia. He canceled the suits against those who had been posted as debtors to the public treasury for more than five years, and would not allow a renewal except within a year and on the condition that an accuser who did not win his suit should be punished with exile. Scribes of the quaestors who carried on business, which had become usual, although contrary to the Clodian law, he pardoned for past offences. Parcels of land which were left unoccupied here and there after the assignment of lands to the veterans, he granted to their former owners as by right of possession. He checked false accusations designed for the profit of the privy purses and inflicted severe penalties on offenders; and a saying of his was current, that an emperor who does not punish informers hounds them on.

Note 1: father = Vespasian
Note 2: he = Domitian