Tacitus: The Histories (Penguin Classics Series)

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Edward Gibbon called The Histories an 'immortal work, every sentence of which is pregnant with the deepest observations and the most lively images.' Its author, Cornelius Tacitus, widely acknowledged as the greatest of all Roman historians, describes with cynical power the murderous 'Year of the Four Emperors' - AD 69 - when in just a few months the whole of the Roman Empire was torn apart by civil war. The ultimate triumph of Vespasian and his sons Titus and Domitian was only the prelude to further conflicts and...
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Overview

Edward Gibbon called The Histories an 'immortal work, every sentence of which is pregnant with the deepest observations and the most lively images.' Its author, Cornelius Tacitus, widely acknowledged as the greatest of all Roman historians, describes with cynical power the murderous 'Year of the Four Emperors' - AD 69 - when in just a few months the whole of the Roman Empire was torn apart by civil war. The ultimate triumph of Vespasian and his sons Titus and Domitian was only the prelude to further conflicts and disasters, with revolts among the Germans and Jews challenging the very foundations of Roman authority.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140441505
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/1964
  • Series: Penguin Classics Series
  • Edition description: 0
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 473,308
  • Lexile: 1350L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.18 (w) x 7.82 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Table of Contents

The Histories Introduction

Book One

1-11 The Setting of the Story
12-50 The Murder of Galba
51-90 The Vitellian Advance

Book Two

1-10 Flavian Caution
11-45 The First Battle of Cremona
46-56 Otho's Suicide
57-73 Vitellius in Northern Italy
74-86 Vespasian Emperor
87-101 Rome Under Vitellius

Book Three

1-35 The Second Battle of Cremona
36-48 A World Convulsed
49-86 The March on Rome

Book Four

1-11 A Divided Senate
12-37 Civilis Revolts
38-53 The New Year, A.D. 70
54-80 The Rhineland Recovered
81-86 Signs and Wonders

Book Five

1-13 The Jews
14-26 The Collapse of Civilis

Bibliography Key to Technical Terms Key to Place-Names Maps index of Personal Names

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2005

    imperialism in decline

    This book details what happens after corruption in a government finally ends:open warefare. This book is the fantastic follow up to the first part. Anyone interested in the great scope and grand scale of Rome in it's early decline should read this.

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