The Annals: The Reigns of Tiberius, Claudius, and Nero

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Overview


Here is a lively new translation of Cornelius Tacitus' timeless history of three of Rome's most memorable emperors. Tacitus, who condemns the depravity of these rulers, which he saw as proof of the corrupting force of absolute power, writes caustically of the brutal and lecherous Tiberius, the weak and cuckolded Claudius, and "the artist" Nero. In particular, his gripping account of the bloody reigns of Tiberius and Nero brims with plots, murder, poisoning, suicide, uprisings, death, and destruction. The Annals also provides a vivid account of the violent suppression of the revolt led by Boudicca in Britain, the great fire of Rome under Nero, and the subsequent bloody persecution of the Christians. J. C. Yardley's translation is vivid without sacrificing accuracy, and is based on the recent Latin Heubner text, with variations noted in an appendix. Anthony A. Barrett's introduction and notes provide invaluable historical and cultural context. This superb edition also includes maps, a glossary of Roman terms and place names, and a full index of names and places.
About the Series: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780192824219
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 8/10/2008
  • Series: Oxford World's Classics Series
  • Pages: 592
  • Sales rank: 448,493
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

J. C. Yardley is a former Professor and Head of Classics at the Universities of Calgary and Ottawa and the author of numerous books on the ancient world.
Anthony A. Barrett is the author of biographies of Livia, Agrippina, and Caligula.

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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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