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Complete Works of Tacitus

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Translated by Alfred John Church and William Jackson Brodribb, Edited, with an Introduction, Moses Hadas
Paperback, 773 pages
Published September 1st 1964 by McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages (first published 1942)
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This really does contain all the extant writings of Tacitus. The bulk of this volume consists of the Annals and the Histories. It also has the Agricola and the Germanica plus one or two sundry writings.

The Annals covers the period from the death of Augustus up to about two years before Nero's demise. There are gaps because some of the books of the Annals have been lost. What is not here is the reign of Caligula, the first few years of Claudius's reign and the last two of Nero's. What there is co
Dec 08, 2014 Sarah is currently reading it
Read in parts, and reviewed below accordingly.

Overall: The text is immensely readable and the history contained therein is often fascinating and sometimes mundane... perhaps a reversal of history as it actually occurs but certainly a favorable way to relay it as a text. Tacitus steps out from behind the writing at times, and the way he understand his role as an historian is important to understanding what he conveys, and how. As a text, this edition lacks maps and could use a directory. Since T
Bad form to start with a disclaimer -- but I only finished the Annals of Tacitus., rather than his entire works. That out of the way, the Annals are a reminder of the importance of old books and what they tell us about the relatively unchanging nature of humans when given power over others. The technology and the names for oppressive political systems may change, but the principle features of those who are corrupted by power do not -- unlimited cruelty in those who have power, base servility to ...more
Art Mitchell
Tacitus was truly an epic historian in the same vein as Herodotus.
Bernard Norcott-mahany
The "Annales" are quite fascinating to read, and very dramatic -- they read more like historical fiction than history. The "Historiae" has a few good moments, but a lot is taken up with troop movements and battles -- a bit tedious. The "Germania" is interesting. The "Agricola" is an excellent panegyric of Tacitus' father-in-law. The "Dialogus de Oratoribus" is a rather peculiar work. Church and Broadribb's translation is the translation to have!
I just read the Germany section - a short but very interesting view of the "barbarians" from a Roman point of view. He shows respect for the Germanic people and writes it in a easily read style. Much easier to read than Caesar's writings on the Gauls. He mentions many aspects of their lives - family, politics, religion, women, etc. I am disappointed that this view of the Germanic people is not incorporated into school history classes!
Took me a year and a half, but I made it through. This would be made much better if it were given the Landmark treatment. I spent many pages simply overwhelmed by the number of people and places which were too much for me to comprehend. There are some great bits though. My favorite was book 5 of the history.
Steve Gordon
"To spoil, to butcher, and to commit every kind of violence, they style by a lying name, Government; and when they have spread a general desolation, they call it Peace." Two thousand years later... not much has changed.
the histories, the annals, and a few essays. not uniformly engaging, but really glad to have read it all.
They created a desert and called it peace
history and well developed
So sinister! Love him.
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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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