Description - Tacitus by Ronald Mellor
The histories of the Roman senator Cornelius Tacitus constitute the most influential discussion of tyranny, political behaviour and public morality of antiquity. For centuries these portraits of courageous martyrs to freedom, of paranoid tyrants and of sycophantic flatterers and informers shaped modern political attitudes. In this book Ronald Mellor provides a compelling analysis of the ideas of the greatest historian of evil in the western intellectual tradition. Tacitus is presented as a moralist, psychologist, political analyst, and literary artist. Tacitus' greatest impact has never been on historians. His political vision and dramatic images left their mark on painters, poets and thinkers, especially when contemporary monarchs resembled Tacitus' Roman emperors. In this book, Ronald Mellor conveys the full intellectual, literary and political force of Tacitus. He shows the critical significance of Tacitus' central concerns - freedom and tyranny, integrity and corruption - for the modern political agenda.
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(229mm x 152mm x mm)
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Author Biography - Ronald Mellor
Ronald Mellor is Professor of History at the University of California, Los Angeles. He has published From Augustus to Nero: The First Emperors of Imperial Rome and The Worship of the Goddess Roma in the Greek World.