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  • Published: 8 February 2010
  • ISBN: 9780140455403
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 176
  • RRP: $19.99

Agricola And Germania


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Agricola is both a portrait of Julius Agricola – the most famous governor of Roman Britain and Tacitus' well-loved and respected father-in-law – and the first detailed account of Britain that has come down to us.

The Agricola is both a portrait of Julius Agricola - the most famous governor of Roman Britain and Tacitus' well-loved and respected father-in-law - and the first detailed account of Britain that has come down to us. It offers fascinating descriptions of the geography, climate and peoples of the country, and a succinct account of the early stages of the Roman occupation, nearly fatally undermined by Boudicca's revolt in AD 61 but consolidated by campaigns that took Agricola as far as Anglesey and northern Scotland. The warlike German tribes are the focus of Tacitus' attention in the Germania, which, like the Agricola, often compares the behaviour of 'barbarian' peoples favourably with the decadence and corruption of Imperial Rome.

  • Pub date: 8 February 2010
  • ISBN: 9780140455403
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 176
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Author

Tacitus

Date: 2013-08-06
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.

Tacitus studied rhetoric in Rome and rose to eminence as a pleader at the Roman Bar. In 77 AD he married the daughter of Agricola, conqueror of Britain, of whom he later wrote a biography.

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