Agricola and Germania
Table of Contents
Agricola (ca. 98), Translation based on Alfred John Church and William
Germania, or The Origin and Situation of the Germans, Translation based on
Alfred John Church and William Jackson Brodribb
Germania, or The Origin and
Situation of the Germans, Translated by Thomas Gordon
Cornelius Tacitus Biography
The Germania (Latin:...more
The Agricola is a short biography of Tacitus’ father-in-law. Gnaeus Julius Agricola served as governor of Britain from 77-85 and conquered much of Wales, northern England, and even Scotland. Most of the book is concerned with Agricola’s exploits in Britain, and as background it provides a connected history of Britain from 55 ...more
İlk bölümde Tacitus'un gözünden Germen halklarının alışkanlıkları, gelenekleri yaşayış biçimleri anlatılmış. Kitapta anlatılan Germenlerin bir kaç geleneği dikkatimi çekti.
Kabileler halinde yaşayan Germenlerin savaşlar sayesinde ün yapmış bir kabile isminin diğer kabileler tarafından da düşmana korku vermek için kullanıldığından ...more
The Agricola might be the best political biography - as opposed to biography of a politician - ever. Tacitus writes like his hair's on fire, from the set-piece speeches of the opposing generals at the Battle of Mons Gr ...more
Here's a list of quotes I liked, written circa. 2000 years ago:
from 'Agricola' (about colonization of Britain):
"Who the first inhabitants of Britain were, whether natives or immigrants, is open to question: one must remember we are dealing with barbarians."
"The unsuspecting Britons spoke of such novelties as 'civilization', when in fact they were only a feature of their enslavement."
"That is the crowning injustice of war: all claim credit for success, while defeat is ...more
Tacitus beschrijft in zijn eerste literaire werk het leven en daden van zijn schoonvader, die als generaal in Brittannië de opstandige Britten bedwong, maar door keizer Dominitianus daarvoor verre van erkend werd. Tacitus hanteert hierin verschillende schrijfstijlen, van haast hagiografische bewondering van Agricola, tot elementaire beschrijvingen van diens veldtochten, tot meeslepende zelfverzonnen redevoeringen in de stijl van Sallustius (zie The Jugurthine War and The Co ...more
The Agricola is an account of the career of Tacitus' father-in-law as governor of Britain, and works well as an insight into the career of a typical Roman of his class, and also contains some interesting insights into early Roman Britain, although not as much as one would hope.
The Germania practically steals the show. It is ...more
These two from Tacitus seem quite fresh and insightful. I've read so many quotes from these writings that I had to read these. The Agricola and The Germania, even with their wonky geography and their frustratingly sparse detail of persons and place names, these are worth reading.
Not sure about the map of Roman Britain, which shows Dorchester somewhere in Oxfordshire? Unless Tacitus produced the ma ...more
Tactius also thought the Germans to be of "pure blood." Nice.
Agricola was interesting, especially toward the end, and Germany was wonderful. I particularly enjoyed the speeches (Calgacus got the best one (Agricola, 30)); "People and Customs" in Germany, with Tacitus's not-so-veiled jibes at Roman decadence; and Tacitus's epigrammatic observations at the end ...more
Julius Agricola was the father-in-law of Tacitus and the Roman governor of Britain, considered the furthest flung arm of the empire. At this time, biogra ...more
This is not exactly a fi ...more
The anthropological work also says much about the Roman imperial mind rather than Germania, what Tacitus values, etc.
The Germania is essentially a paean to the idealized German people, as reflected through Imperial Rome's ideal primitivized version of itself. This was one ...more
The first book, Agricola follows the life of Tacitus' father in law. Dry, but it does give a relatively deep look into First and Second Century Roman military tactics and the surrounding lifestyle. At this point, Rome is conquering Britain, so we learn a lot about tribes and barbarians. Fun fact for ...more
Of the two, the Germania is probably more interestin ...more
Germania: 3 stars
Agricola is fantastic, a wonderfully detailed and impartial account of early Britain, emperor Domitian and Agricola himself (although I suspect the depiction of Agricola is, understandably, biased)
Germania is just as detailed, but lacks the contextual description used by Tacitus in Agricola- meaning it seems more like a list than a historical account.