The Agricola and Germania

The Agricola and Germania

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BN ID: 2940159058065
Publisher: Poetry in Translation
Publication date: 03/26/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Publius Cornelius Tacitus was born AD56/57, in one of the Roman provinces, possibly Gallia Narbonensis, to an equestrian family. He studied rhetoric in Rome, and in AD77 or 78 he married Julia, the daughter of the noted general Agricola. He held various posts under the Flavian Emperors, surviving the reign of Domitian, an experience which left him with the deep aversion to tyrannical government evident in his writings. He was a Senator, and a Consul suffectus in 97 under Nerva, gaining a high reputation as both lawyer and orator. Leaving public life he then turned to literature, though returning to practise law under Trajan. He was a close friend of Pliny the Younger, who assisted him in his early career. His major historical work survives as the Annals and the Histories, the extant parts of which cover large sections of the period from Tiberius to the death of Nero (the Annals, the later work), the Year of the Four Emperors, and the founding of the Flavian dynasty (the Histories). In AD112 or 113 he held highest office as civilian Governor of the province of Asia, and may have lived until as late as AD130.

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