Tacitus' Annals

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Tacitus' Annals

Tacitus Annals Tacitus Annals is the central historical source for first century C E Rome It is prized by historians since it provides the best narrative material for the reigns of Tiberius Claudius and Nero as w

  • Title: Tacitus' Annals
  • Author: Ronald Mellor
  • ISBN: 9780195151923
  • Page: 201
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Tacitus Annals is the central historical source for first century C.E Rome It is prized by historians since it provides the best narrative material for the reigns of Tiberius, Claudius, and Nero, as well as a probing analysis of the imperial system of government But the Annals should be seen as far than an historical source, a mere mine for the reconstruction of tTacitus Annals is the central historical source for first century C.E Rome It is prized by historians since it provides the best narrative material for the reigns of Tiberius, Claudius, and Nero, as well as a probing analysis of the imperial system of government But the Annals should be seen as far than an historical source, a mere mine for the reconstruction of the facts of Roman history While the Annals is a superb work of history, it has also become a central text in the western literary, political, and even philosophical traditions from the Renaissance to the French and American revolutions, and beyond This volume attempts to enhance the reader s understanding of how this book of history could have such a profound effect.Chapters will address the purpose, form, and method of Roman historical writing, the ethnic biases of Tacitus, and his use of sources Since Tacitus has been regarded as one of the first analysts of the psychopathology of political life, the book will examine the emperors, the women of the court, and the ambitious entourage of freedmen and intellectuals who surround every Roman ruler The final chapter will examine the impact of Tacitus Annals since their rediscovery by Boccaccio in the 14th century.

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    1. Duane on said:

      What can I say about a classic like this it has to have been "Reviewed" morethan 90% of what else is listed on this site, and by people with far moreexpertise than myself on the subject of Roman civilization.But one thing does occur to me for me, this book was *terrifying*. I see a lot of boringly vapid threads on this site with people asking what is the "scariest" book anyone ever read, and the answers invariably comprise the likes of Stephen King and others of no consequence whatsoever (at lea [...]

    2. Dan on said:

      It's a good thing that the sections on Caligula are no longer extant because the sections on Nero have enough crazy to go around for everyone. Also, I shudder every time I read the phrase "opened his/her veins," which occurs a lot in this work. Great source on Tiberius, who is the focus of Books 1-6.

    3. Twila on said:

      If you want to fall asleep, read Tacitus. He's not as colourful and he does not include as much hearsay as Suetonius - which is good - but that doesn't mean he doesn't editorialise. He's quite the lengthy writer, but still helpful.

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