Annals

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A compelling new translation of a vital account of Roman history

With clarity and vivid intensity, Tacitus's Annals recounts the pivotal events in Roman history from the years shortly before the death of Augustus to the death of Nero in 68 AD, including the reign of terror under the corrupt Tiberius, the great fire of Rome during the time of Nero, and the wars, poisonings, scandals, conspiracies, and murders that were part of imperial life. Despite Tacitus's claim that they were...

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Overview

A compelling new translation of a vital account of Roman history

With clarity and vivid intensity, Tacitus's Annals recounts the pivotal events in Roman history from the years shortly before the death of Augustus to the death of Nero in 68 AD, including the reign of terror under the corrupt Tiberius, the great fire of Rome during the time of Nero, and the wars, poisonings, scandals, conspiracies, and murders that were part of imperial life. Despite Tacitus's claim that they were written objectively, the Annals is sharply critical of the emperors' excesses and fearful for the future of imperial Rome, while also filled with a longing for its past glories.

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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.

(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140455649
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 3/26/2013
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 334,885
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Tacitus (c. 56–120 AD), known in Rome for his impressive oratory, maintained a political career as a senator under Vespasian, Titus, and Domitian.

Cynthia Damon teaches at the University of Pennsylvania.

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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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