Annals and Histories
By (author) Cornelius Tacitus
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Annals and Histories by Cornelius Tacitus
Book DescriptionTacitus was the greatest historian of the Roman empire. Born in about AD 55, he served as administrator and leading senator. This career gave him an intimate view of the empire at its highest levels, experience brought to bear on his writing. His major works are the "Annals" and the "Histories", both of which have come down to us incomplete. Between them, they cover a period of about 80 years, from the death of the first emperor, Augustus, to the death of Domitian in 96AD. In addition, Tacitus also composed two short historical books or essays, the "Agricola" (about his father-in-law, a distinguished provincial governor) and the "Germania", an account of the tribes beyond the Rhine. Tacitus is a brilliant narrator and master stylist who had ample material for his story in the dramatic, violent and often bloody events of the first century. His portraits - especially those of Tiberius, Nero, and Nero's immediate circle - are unforgettable, his scene-setting masterly, his psychological analysis as acute as any novelist. He is also a fierce critic of the decadence and corruption which marked struggles for the imperial succession. As Robin Lane Fox writes in his brilliant introduction, 'Above all Tacitus was supremely wary of the distortions and 'spin' of official announcements. He had no illusions about the capacities of presidential, one-man rule.' Napoleon disliked him, not surprisingly. Everyman reprints the classic translation by A.J. Church and W.J. Brodribb, with extensive notes considerably revised and updated by Dr Eleanor Cowan.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781841593111
(212mm x 136mm x 46mm)
Imprint: Everyman's Library
Publish Date: 1-Oct-2009
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Cornelius Tacitus
Annals of Tacitus: Books 5-6, Hardback (December 2016)
A full commentary on Tacitus' vivid account of the last years of the emperor Tiberius.
De Vita Iulii Agricolae, de Origine et Moribus Germanorum, Paperback (February 2015)
First published in 1933, this book contains the Latin text of Tacitus' important works 'Agricola' and 'Germania'.
Tacitus: Agricola, Hardback (September 2014)
The first commentary in English on the Agricola for almost half a century, with particular attention paid to the Latin itself.
Tribes of Ancient Britain and Germany, Paperback (September 2013)» View all books by Cornelius Tacitus
This book contains two original works from Publius (or Gaius) Cornelius Tacitus, a Roman senator and author considered by many to be one of the greatest Roman Historians.
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Author Biography - Cornelius Tacitus
Tacitus (ca. 56 - ca. 117) was a senator and historian of the Roman Empire. Robin Lane Fox is Fellow and Tutor in Ancient History at New College, Oxford and author of Alexander the Great and The Classical World: An Epic History of Greece and Rome. Eleanor Cowan is Lecturer in Ancient History at Leicester University.
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