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Updated to include the findings of archaeological investigation over the century, it serves to lift the veil that shrouded the pre-history of the Germanic peoples and the process of their expansion over central Europe.
Paperback, 296 pages
Published September 17th 2009 by Duckworth Publishing (first published 98)
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"...wild en blauw hun ogen, rossig hun haar, fors hun lichamen en slechts tot een momentane krachtsinspanning deugdelijk: voor moeizaam afmattende arbeid hebben zij niet eenzelfde uithoudingsvermogen. En geenszins zijn zij erop ingesteld dorst en hitte te verdragen; aan koude en hongeren zijn zij door klimaat of bodemgesteldheid gewoon geraakt".

"...En zij rekenen niet naar dagen zoals wij, maar naar nachten; op deze wijze stellen zij [een tijdstip] vast, aldus maken zij afspraken: hun dunkt het
that cute little red-eyed kitten
Sure, there were many good names of old Germanic tribes in this short text, and the "wow factor" of reading something so old that it could basically be from a different planet always gets me, but for some reason, I found it a bit unsatisfactory. Very vague, not much material to learn anything from, at least not without commentary, which I'm sure exists. The version I read was a free ebook with a translation from 1910, maybe a newer one with commentary would have been better. I do admit that my c ...more
A first century Roman's report on the Germana with whom Roma shared an long and occasionally contested border. Interesting for both what he got wrong as well as got right. Historians seem sympathetic.

I read this a dozen years ago while preparing a historical fiction series set in sixth century Britain, where the sub-Roman Britons are under pressure from the immigrating (and sometimes attacking) Angles, Saxons and Jutes.

The translations I read--not necessarily this one--was clear and easy to read
The best part of reading history like this, for me, is recognizing its impact on other points in history. Apart from Tacitus' apparent disgust with his own society (which is interesting enough), his description of most Germanic tribes as being noble, brave, strong, moral, and untainted by the influence of a foreign lineage surely influenced the idea of the supreme Germanic race in the minds of men who would later form the Nazi party 1,800 years later. Pretty heavy stuff for what could otherwise ...more
Pašai savām acīm lasīt un iepazīt nedaudzās piezīmes par baltiem citu (ģermāņu) cilšu vidū, protams, ir kas cits nekā abstrakta faktu apguve skolā. Tomēr Ģermānija ne vien aistu pieminējuma dēļ vērta, atzinība latviešu tulkojumu lauciņā veltāma Endzelīnam - ar mūsdienu valodai mazliet nepierasta, senatnes elpas apdvesta un latviska teksta radīšanu.
Pēc izlasīšanas mazās skumjas un žēlums, - par ciltīm, kas dzimušas un aizmiršanai lemtas, par tikumiem un tradīcijām, kas šodienas un pat Tacita laik
Tacitus (Publius Cornelius Tacitus) war ein adeliger römischer Historiker und Senator. Seine historische Abhandlung Germania, ist eine der wenigen Schriften der Antike, die unsere Germanischen Vorfahren behandeln. Er beschreibt seinen römischen Mitbürgern ein wildes und ursprüngliches Volk, das sich grundlegend von dem der Römer und deren Lebensweise unterscheidet. Er stilisiert die Germanen zu einer Art edlem Barbaren, den er dekadente Römer der Kaiserzeit sich teilweise als Vorbild nehmen soll ...more
A. Hotzler
I'm extremely skeptical--even reading the annotations provided--of Tacitus' information. Hearsay, commonplaces, and the overly-influential Roman mode(s) of life in comparison to Germanic life are only a few of the issues of Tacitus' report on the Germani. Although Tacitus did have family/connections in the Roman army's front lines facing the Germani, this is no way explains the ability of Tacitus to provide a detailed account of the "Reudigni, Aviones, Anglii, Varini, Eudoses, Sauarini and Nuito ...more
Fann Tacitus' Germania att vara en mycket kort men intressant text. För mig synes det som att han vandrar från att beskriva delar som verkar mycket troliga rent sakmässigt, samtidigt som det finns ställen där han antar en ton som helt klart är lite smått hånfullt.

Helt klart så handlar det inte om objektivitet i romersk "historieskrivning" - och det märks också på flertalet ställen där hans åsikter faller åt det mer personliga hållet.

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interesting and curious primary source illuminating the divergence between civilization and barbarism in ancient Europe.
I enjoyed Tacitus' Germania very much when I first read it many years ago, although my venerable Penguin paperback has long since disintegrated, not unlike the Roman Empire, gone to dust. The Duckworth edition is an erudite representation of Germania, it's historical context and literary genesis. I'm not sure, however, if "the Silent One's" pithy style of expression is always well served by this translation. Still it was fun to catch up with an old friend, as it were. I would recommend The Annal ...more
Briana Grenert
Comes with a good introduction, setting the Germania in the context of Roman ethnological writings of the same period and traces the history of the text from its rediscovery in the renaissance period down to modern times. Then comes the text and translation of the Germania. The best part are the extensive notes and commentary, stretching to nearly two hundred pages. The commentary supplies useful notes on early Germanic tribes, customs and religion. Rives work on the Germania is easily one of th ...more
Good primary source, not much else.
The prose is simple and straightforward. It's literary merit is in its subtlety. Brilliant! Since it is a bilingual edition, you can easily follow the Latin text with the Portuguese despite some memory problems with the vocabulary.

A prosa é simples e directa. O mérito literário encontra-se na subtileza com que este surge na prosa. Como é uma edição bilingue, pode-se seguir facilmente o texto latino com o apoio do português, apesar de alguns problemas de memória face ao vocabulário.
I gave Tacitus three stars because I was researching Germania and I wanted a historical perspective which he gave me perfectly in both Latin and English. This was a very utilitarian read for my purposes but pleasurable nonetheless. His objective was a simple & brief regarding the customs of the Scandza descended Goths and their geography and he did just that pithily and not without a soupçon of humor no doubt born from his heritage.
Mar 04, 2010 Victoria rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Victoria by: Ian Wilson
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This book, which I naturally read in German, was a fascinating little look at "Germans" through the eyes of a Roman observer. Perhaps telling more about Roman than German culture, it was nonetheless fascinating. It was particularly interesting to see what stereotypes present in the times of Tacitus remain. A short, quick, fun read.
John Yelverton
A work of information about a people foreign, mysterious and scary to the Roman people. It is well put together, but smacks of superiority, misunderstanding, xenophobia and racism. A wonderful work if you want to look into the eye of the real Roman Empire.
Marts  (Thinker)
Tacitus's detailed account on the history of Germany and her peoples and customs...
Awesome, I would like way more info on the Germanic tribes.
Ryan Burns
Not as many pithy human observations compared to the Agricola.
Excellant description of Ancient Germany by Tacitus!
Great translation. Brings history alive.
Frustrating in its lack of detail.
Bar bar bar.
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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 t ...more
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