Tacitus





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Publius (or Gaius) Cornelius Tacitus (ca. AD 56 – ca. AD 117) was a senator and a historian of the Roman Empire. The surviving portions of his two major works—the Annals and the Histories—examine the reigns of the Roman Emperors Tiberius, Claudius, Nero and those who reigned in the Year of the Four Emperors. These two works span the history of the Roman Empire from the death of Augustus in AD 14 to (presumably) the death of emperor Domitian in AD 96. There are enormous lacunae in the surviving texts, including one four books long in the Annals.

Other works by Tacitus discuss oratory (in dialogue format, see Dialogus de oratoribus), Germania (in De origine et situ Germanorum), and biographical notes about his father-in-law Agricola, primarily...more


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The Agricola and the Germania
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The Histories
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Germania
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Complete Works of Tacitus
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The Annals/The Histories
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The Madness of Nero (Pengui...
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Histories IV-V/Annals I-III
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The Histories I-II
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“The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws.”
Tacitus, The Annals of Imperial Rome

“Men are more ready to repay an injury than a benefit, because gratitude is a burden and revenge a pleasure”
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“To show resentment at a reproach is to acknowledge that one may have deserved it.”
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