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Cornelius Tacitus (ca. 56-ca. 120) became an orator, married in 77 Julius Agricola's daughter before Agricola went to Britain, was quaestor in 81 or 82, a senator under the Flavians & a praetor in 88. After four years' absence he experienced the terrors of Domitian's last years & turned to historical writing. He was a consul in 97. Close friend of the younger Pliny ...more
Hardcover, The Loeb Classical Library, 357 pages
Published January 1st 1914 by Harvard University Press (first published 102)
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Marts  (Thinker)
Three works by Tacitus here presented. In Agricola he recounts his father in law Gnaeus Julius Agricola's life and works as a Roman general; Germania (which I read previously) is a concise history of Germany; and Dialogue on Oratory or Dialogus de oratoribus, discusses the art of rhetoric in dialogue...
Chris Johnson
Feb 03, 2011 Chris Johnson rated it did not like it
Shelves: history
Through the careful study of his two main works and three minor works I have come up with common themes throughout his writings. Through these main points/common themes Tacitus wrote a history (some of which has been lost to time and the elements) that encompassed what he believed as the meaning of history and shows the purpose of the writing and of history in general.
Common themes that show Tacitus’s meaning of history:
1. Opinion brought to the histories
2. Leaders and the roles they played (Suc
3 parts,
Part 1 interesting view of Britain and coping with deadly politics at home while campaigning abroad. Also first history of Britons.
Part 2, almost hysterically funny description of the Germans (if it wasnt real). Probably caracatured but must be elements of truth.
Part 3, very dense and deep discourse by some learned individuals. (gave up on this part)
Colleen Prince
May 28, 2013 Colleen Prince rated it really liked it
Couldn't find my exact translation... but this was definitely one of the best historical books I've read this year. Maybe because it was shorter and an easier read, but mainly because, along with Cicero, it incorporated psychological morality and wisdom without overwhelmingly long paragraphs worth of it.
Erik Graff
Feb 13, 2013 Erik Graff rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: students of Rome
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: history
I read this book primarily because of my interest in Roman Britain, because of the Agricola section. Indeed, this was most enjoyable, followed by the Germania section. On Oratory was rather boring.
May 29, 2007 Lindsay rated it it was amazing
This dialogue is sooo fantastic. Talk about subversive writing under an oppressive regime. Such a fun read, its like a puzzle!
Aug 06, 2012 Georg rated it really liked it
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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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