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The Cambridge Companion to Tacitus

The Cambridge Companion to Tacitus

by A. J. Woodman


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The Cambridge Companion to Tacitus

Tacitus is universally recognized as ancient Rome's greatest writer of history, and his account of the Roman Empire in the first century AD has been fundamental in shaping the modern perception of Rome and its emperors. This Companion provides a new, up-to-date and authoritative assessment of his work and influence which will be invaluable for students and non-specialists as well as of interest to established scholars in the field. First situating Tacitus within the tradition of Roman historical writing and his own contemporary society, it goes on to analyze each of his individual works and then discuss key topics such as his distinctive authorial voice and his views of history and freedom. It ends by tracing Tacitus' reception, beginning with the transition from manuscript to printed editions, describing his influence on political thought in early modern Europe, and concluding with his significance in the twentieth century.

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ISBN-13: 9780521697484
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 03/31/2010
Series: Cambridge Companions to Literature Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 386
Sales rank: 1,036,444
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

A. J. Woodman is Gildersleeve Professor of Classics at the University of Virginia. He has written widely on Roman history, especially Tacitus, and co-edited, with R. H. Martin, Annals III and IV (1996 and 1989 respectively). He is currently preparing an edition of Agricola with Christine S. Kraus.

Table of Contents

List of Contributors x

Preface xv

Introduction A. J. Woodman 1

Part I Contexts

1 From the annalists to the Annales: Latin historiography before Tacitus A.M. Gowing 17

2 Tacitus and the contemporary scene A. J. Woodman 31

Part II Texts

3 The Agricola A. R. Birley 47

4 The Germania as literary text Richard F. Thomas 59

5 The faces of eloquence: the Dialogus de oratoribus Sander M.Goldberg 73

6 Fission and fusion: shifting Roman identities in the Histories Rhiannoh Ash 85

7 The Tiberian hexad Christina Shuttleworth Kraus 100

8 Hamlet without the prince? The Claudian Annals S. J. V. Malloch 116

9 'Is dying so very terrible?' The Neronian Annals E. E. Keitel 127

Part III Topics

10 Tacitus' personal voice Christopher Pelling 147

11 Tacitus as a historian Miriam T. Griffin 168

12 Res olim dissociabiles: emperors, senators and liberty S. P. Oakley 184

13 Style and language S. P. Oakley 195

14 Speeches in the Histories D. S. Levene 212

15 Warfare in the Annals D. S. Levene 225

Part IV Transmission

16 From manuscript to print R.H. Martin 241

17 Tacitus and political thought in early modern Europe, C: 1530 - c. 1640 Alexandra Gajda 253

18 Gibbon and Tacitus Paul Cartledge 269

19 A dangerous book: the reception of the Germania C. B. Krebs 280

20 Tacitus and the twentieth-century novel Martha Malamud 300

21 Tacitus' Syme Mark Toher 317

Chronological table 330

Abbreviations and bibliograpy 332

Index locorum 357

General index 361

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