The Annals of Imperial Rome

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Penguin UK, Jul 26, 1973 - History - 464 pages
Tacitus' Annals of Imperial Rome recount the major historical events from the years shortly before the death of Augustus up to the death of Nero in AD 68. With clarity and vivid intensity he describes 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 his claim that the Annals were written objectively, Tacitus' account 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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User Review  - Cecrow - LibraryThing

Tacitus provides a good overview of the first five Roman emperors, albeit with sometimes large gaps where portions of the manuscript have been lost. There's an intriguing article floating around about ... Read full review

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Augustus might have established the Principate, but it was up to his successors to continue it and prevent Rome from once against descending into civil war. Tacitus in The Annals of Imperial Rome, the ... Read full review


Partner of My Labours IV
The Reign of Terror VI
The Fall of Messalina XI
The Mother of Nero XII
The Fall of Agrippina XIII IXIV
Nero and his Helpers XIV 1465
Eastern Settlement XV 132

Mutiny on the Frontiers I 1649
War with the Germans I 49II
The First Treason Trials II 2752
The Death of Germanicus II 53III
Tiberius and the Senate III 1976
The Burning of Rome XV 3247
The Plot XV 4874
Innocent Victims XVI

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Tacitus studied rhetoric in Rome and rose to eminence as a pleader at the Roman Bar. In 77 he married the daughter of Agricola, conqueror of Britain, of whom he later wrote a biography. His other works includethe Germania and the Historiae.
Michael Grant's academic titles include Chancellor's Medallist and Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, and President of the Classical Association.

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