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In the pantheon of ancient men of letters, none hold a more venerated position than the Roman historian, Tacitus, venerated alike for the accuracy of his chronicles as well as for the superiority of his style. He was a writer of unexcelled genius and consummate skill. But his work fell into oblivion not long after his death, and has come down to us based on the text of a single tattered manuscript from the Middle Ages. Tacitus was born sometime before A.D. 62 during the reign of Nero. He died shortly before or after the accession of the emperor Hadrian, around A.D. 120. Almost nothing is known of him.

The Annals cover that period of Roman history from the reign of Tiberius to that of Nero. Parts of the work are missing, including a few sections from Tiberius, all the sections on Caligula, the early reign of Claudius, and the last two years of Nero's life. But what remains is breathtaking in its scope and velocity. Tacitus takes us on a mad river rafting voyage down a raging torrent of history. The story fluctuates between events at the court in Rome to the battlefields of Germany, between the bravest deeds of selfless courage and the most sordid acts of vengeful hostility. Nothing escapes the jaded eye of Tacitus as we experience the decadence of Rome in all its haughty grandeur.

Part 1 of The Annals begins with the death of Augustus and provides a brief look at his accomplishments and reign before proceeding with the story of Tiberius. Along with events at Rome, we are also taken to the scene of conflict in Parthia and Germany. We witness the rise of the evil Sejanus and learn how he poisoned the mind of Tiberius and turned his rule into a reign of terror.

This production uses the famous translation by Church and Brodribb, considered the finest in the English language.

The Annals concludes in Volume 2 of The Complete Works of Tacitus.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tedopon | 2/15/2014

    " I never get tired of stories about soldiers getting down to the killing, and elites seizing power. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Amber Harris | 1/28/2014

    " For a book written during the Roman Empire, this particular translation of Tacitus isn't that bad. The flow is relatively easy to work with, and it is constantly informative. Tacitus often reminds his readers that much of what he writes is what that people say, and he warns to be wary of rumours. Still, it gives some idea of culture. I read this book for a course on the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, and I would it to be the most enlightening book assigned. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Katharyn | 1/22/2014

    " Read for HISTAM 313: The Roman Empire "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jeff McNeill | 1/12/2014

    " Grand politics has not changed since Rome. Don't believe me? Read this and then we can talk... "

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