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Tacitus' Histories

Tacitus' Histories by Publius Cornelius Tacitus

Tacitus' Histories is a gripping and detailed account of the tumultuous period that followed the death of Nero in ancient Rome. Written by the prominent Roman historian Publius Cornelius Tacitus, this work provides insights into the political intrigues, military campaigns, and social upheavals that characterized this period.

Tacitus' writing is characterized by its vivid and evocative descriptions, as well as its keen analysis of the motivations and actions of key historical figures. His portrayal of the various emperors, generals, and politicians of the time is both nuanced and critical, shedding light on the complex dynamics of power and ambition in ancient Rome.

One of the strengths of Histories is its detailed depiction of military campaigns and battles, showcasing Tacitus' firsthand knowledge of Roman military practices and strategy. Readers interested in ancient history and military history will find much to appreciate in this aspect of the work.

Overall, Tacitus' Histories is a must-read for anyone interested in Roman history and the turbulent period of civil war and political upheaval that characterized the early Roman Empire. Tacitus' insightful analysis and powerful writing make this work a timeless classic that continues to resonate with readers today.

Book Description:

The Histories was written between 100 and 110 A.D. It covered the Year of Four Emperors following the downfall of Nero, the rise of Vespasian, and the rule of the Flavian Dynasty up to the death of Domitian.

Only the first four books and 26 chapters of the fifth book have survived, covering the year 69 and the first part of 70. The work is believed to have continued up to the death of Domitian on September 18, 96. As a prelude to the account of Titus’s suppression of the Great Jewish Revolt, Book 5 features a short ethnographic survey of the ancient Jews as seen from the Roman point of view. This translation was first published in 1912

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