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  • Published: 1 July 2003
  • ISBN: 9780812966992
  • Imprint: Random House USA
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • RRP: $27.99

Mod Lib The Annals And The History


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Cornelius Tacitus brilliantly chronicles the moral decline and rampant civil unrest in the Roman Empire in a period when the earliest foundations of modern Europe were being laid. The Annals commence in a.d. 14, at the death of Augustus, recounting the reigns of Tiberius, Gaius (Caligula), Claudius, and Nero, and conclude in a.d. 68, the year of Nero's suicide. The Histories document the tumultuous year a.d. 69, when Emperors Galba, Otho, and Vitellius all perished in quick succession, ushering in Vespasian's ten-year reign. According to historian Will Durant, '[We must] rank Tacitus among the greatest. . . . The portraits he draws stand out more clearly, stride the stage more livingly than any others in historical literature.' This Modern Library Paperback Classic includes newly commissioned endnotes.

  • Pub date: 1 July 2003
  • ISBN: 9780812966992
  • Imprint: Random House USA
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • RRP: $27.99

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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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