By Jonathan Swift
A story of a bathtub is the masterpiece of Swift's past years.
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Xxxix. i-6 XXXIX After this the Goths assaulted the fortress of Rhegium, but the besieged continued to defend themselves very vigorously and so repulsed them, and Thurimuth was always conspicuous for the deeds of heroism which he performed in fighting them. But Totila discovered that the besieged were in want of provisions, and so he contented himself with leaving a portion of his army there to keep guard, in order, of course, that the enemy might not carry in anything thereafter, but might be compelled by lack of necessities to surrender themselves and the fortress to the Goths he himself meanwhile crossed over to Sicily with the rest of the army and delivered an attack on the wall of Messana.
Then, by expending great suras of money, part of which was provided by the emperor, but most of which he furnished unstintingly from his own resources, he easily succeeded, contrary to expectation, in raising a great army of very warlike men in a short space of time. For among the Romans, on the one hand, the experienced fighters in many cases ignored the officers to whom they belonged as spearmen and guards and followed Germanus these came not only from Byzantium, but also from the towns of Thrace and in ; Illyricum as well, his sons Justinus and Justinian — having displayed great zeal in this matter for he had taken them also on his departure.
Xl. 10-17 son-in-law of Germanus, in company with Justinian, one of the two sons of Germanus, to lead this army into Italy. So they set out on the way to Dalmatia, intending to pass the winter in Salones, since it seemed to them impossible at that season to make the circuit of the gulf, as they would be obliged to do in travelling into Italy for it was impossible for them to ferry across since they had no ships. Meanwhile Liberius, not having as yet learned anything of the emperor's change of purpose regarding the fleet he commanded, put in at Syracuse while it was under siege by the enemy.
A Tale of a Tub (Penguin Great Ideas) by Jonathan Swift