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De Vita et Moribus Cn. Julii Agricolae Libellus
This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important, and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it. This work was reproduced from the original artifact, and remains as true to the original work as possible. Therefore, you will see the original copyright references, library stamps (as most of these works have been housed in our most ...more
Paperback, 124 pages
Published May 20th 2009 by BiblioLife
(first published 98)
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Jul 13, 2016 Nick rated it really liked it · review of another edition
Pretty interesting but not as good as Germania. Or at least less interesting to me because much less of it is concerned with giving an ethnographic account of the British Celts than the other text is concerned with the Germanic tribes. Like the other text, I get the impression that this has Tacitus injecting his worldview into the description to a great extent, portraying the Celts as sort of noble savages who are willing to fight bravely and fairly for their freedom, despite their materially ...more
Agricola by Tacitus was my first foray into the Classical authors, and I felt very smart all day because had I managed to read an ancient text while I was tidying up on Saturday morning. It was only one and a half hours on audio, and quite simple to understand. Agricola was Tacitus' father-in-law and the Roman governor who finally got a solid grip on the British Isles. Tacitus implies that previous Roman governors of the UK managed things poorly and only controlled the ports. Agricola, using ...more
If you want to be remembered as a great Roman general, either have a really cool name like Belisarius or marry your daughter off to a Roman historian with a good survival rate. Agricola took the second path and Romano-British historians thank him for it. Writing safely post-Domitian, Tacitus eulogized his father-in-law in standard Roman biographical fashion, (i.e., his perfections get tiresome after a while) but this book is the reason we know more about Agricola than we do any other Roman ...more
Caesar's 'Conquest of Gaul' is still the best in this genre, but 'Agricola' exceeds this through the virtues of both brevity and evocativeness. Truly the best suggestion for anyone interested in starting the relatively daunting task of ancient literature. 'Agricola' is more foreign affairs for the Romans but also ties into any reader who is interested in Celtic/Early Roman Britain. For the more seasoned ancient reader, it also opens up a slice of realia into affairs imperial as well as court. Fo ...more
“I remember how he would often tell us that in his early youth he was tempted to drink deeper of philosophy than was allowable for a Roman and a future senator, but that his mother, in her wisdom, damped the fire of his passion.”
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 ...moreMore about Tacitus...