The Annals

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Overview


"The first writer in the world, without a single exception," declared Thomas Jefferson of Tacitus, proclaiming this book "a compound of history and morality of which we have no other example." The ancient historian wrote this vital chronicle of Imperial Rome during the great civilization's decline. It spans A.D. 14-68, painting incisive psychological portraits of the era's major figures.
Tacitus held high offices in the Roman government, allowing him firsthand views of the emperors and the effects of their tyranny. His chronicle begins with the death of Augustus and relates the moral decline and rampant civil unrest during the reigns of Tiberius, Caligula, Claudius, and Nero. He also discusses in detail the period's many military campaigns. Masterful in his handling of dramatic narrative and trenchant in his discourse, Tacitus is the model historian. The Annals not only records the past but also re-creates it for modern readers.
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Library Journal
Tacitus’s Latin is famously pithy, efficient, and sharp; his English translators have—for centuries—struggled to replicate that economy of style. Damon (classics, Univ. Pennsylvania; coauthor, Caesar’s Civil War) is one of the first women to translate Tacitus for a major publisher and I expect she might bring a slightly different perspective to Tacitus’s often venomous descriptions of its larger-than-life imperial women: Livia, Messalina, Poppea. What’s to look forward to in a 2,000-year-old book, the title of which many people mispronounce without the second “n”? The decades-long moral degradation of Tiberius (once an honorable imperial step-son but in the end a rotten, ruined emperor) for one thing. If that isn’t enough, add to it the death of Agrippina (poor Claudius’s fourth wife), whose boat was specially constructed at her son, the Emperor Nero’s, instructions to collapse at sea, and who, when she failed to die, demanded that her assassins stab her womb, from where her ne’er-do-well son sprung.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780486452364
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 2/2/2007
  • Series: Dover Value Editions Series
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 1,118,042
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Tacitus, born in about AD 56 in southern Gaul (modern Provence) under the emperor Nero, was probably the son of an equestrian. He enjoyed success as a both a politician and writer, publishing the Agricola (a biography of his father-in-law) and the Germania (an ethnographical study of the peoples of Germany) in 98. Today he is best known as a historian, the author of The Histories and the Annals. The culmination of Tacitus' public career was when he won the prestigious post of proconsul of Asia (112/13). He died at some point after 115 and probably lived into the reign of Hadrian, but there is no evidence for his later life or the date of his death.

Cynthia Damon received her PhD from Stanford University and taught at Harvard University and at Amherst College before moving to the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of The Mask of the Parasite, a commentary on Tacitus' Histories 1, and, with Will Batstone, Caesar's Civil War.

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Table of Contents

Cornelius Tacitus : from the passing of divine Augustus 1
Books 1-6 : Tiberius 1
Books 11-12 : Claudius 195
Books 13-16 : Nero 245
App. A Political and military terms 356
App. B The first-century A.D. Roman army and the Annals 362
App. C The city of Rome 365
App. D Peoples and places (excluding Rome) 368
App. E Textual variants 384
App. F Roman emperors from Augustus to Hadrian 390
App. G The Imperial Family 391
Stemma (a) : Augustus and Tiberius 392
Stemma (b) : Gaius, Claudius, and Nero 393
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2013

    Elise

    Oh gawd this is akward (theres two results yay)

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    Posted February 21, 2014

    Ace

    "Elise?"

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    Posted November 25, 2013

    Ace

    There is to many imposters

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2013

    Lexi

    Oops i meant idea and mind lol

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2013

    Annals

    LOL

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    Elise

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    But you can go and fu<3>ck Cc! Whatever*leaves*

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    Posted January 7, 2012

    Unreadable

    I expected a translation not a description of the hx of the text

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