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Download The Complete Works of Tacitus: Volume 2: The Annals, Part 2 Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,741 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Cornelius Tacitus Narrator: Charlton Griffin Publisher: Audio Connoisseur Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2006 ISBN:
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The Annals, Part 2 picks up in the year A.D. 32 with the increasingly menacing and tyrannical behavior of Tiberius. With hundreds murdered or driven to suicide and many more in exile, Tiberius descends steadily into growing lust and debauchery on his private estate on the isle of Capri. Overseas, Rome is victorious in her struggle with Parthia, and as Tiberius is being smothered to death in A.D. 37 by Macro, peace at last comes to the eastern frontier.

The events of the year A.D. 47 open with Claudius as emperor. The machinations of his wife, Messalina, are laid bare, along with her debaucheries. When her mischief finally gets her killed, she is succeeded by Agrippina the Younger in A.D. 49. Her wiles are no less mischievous and she angles to get her son, Nero, in line to be emperor. The reign of Claudius finally comes to a close when he is poisoned by Agrippina amid uprisings in Britain and Germany, and renewed hostility in the east.

Tacitus is most famous for his amazing descriptions of the reign of Nero, one of the most ruthless and sadistic monarchs of all time. It is all superbly described in some of the most beautiful and exciting prose ever written. You will hear how Nero corrupted everyone in his reach...and murdered those he could not corrupt. Learn how he had his own mother killed, how he reacted to the great fire that destroyed Rome, and how he pitilessly built his enormous new palace on the charred ruins of the city while everyone around him lived in squalor. Meanwhile, tumultuous events in the provinces are reported in great detail and with penetrating insight. All in all, The Annals are one of the great miracles of historical writing, and place Tacitus on a footing with the greatest historians of his or any other day.

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

The Complete Works of Tacitus continues in Volume 3 with The History... Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill Nobes | 2/7/2014

    " Extremely dry, yet somehow compelling. Though I might not recommend if you did not already have a fairly conversant background in Roman history. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rose | 1/31/2014

    " It was informative, and therefore useful for the classics course I read it for - but it was incredibly boring. He tends to deviate onto topics that are extremely boring, and he has a very long winded way of writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denerick | 1/27/2014

    " A supremely interesting book and my first foray into ancient historical writing. There are gaps in the text (His chapter on the reign of Caligula is lost, as is the early reign of Claudius) The natural next step for someone who enjoyed the I, Claudius books by Robert Graves. Also contains the reign of Nero, who was a bit of an arsehole, to put it mildly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott Harris | 1/8/2014

    " For those interested in the historic events of the Roman empire at the beginning of the first century, these annals are a great resource. While most of the material covered by Tacitus has long found its way into more recent histories, it is nevertheless a great source to read directly and to hear the names and politics of leaders, conquerors, etc. The missing pieces would be great to have at some point but what is here is worth reading "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alan Salsac | 1/2/2014

    " Perhaps not as objective as Polybius but easier and more enjoyable reading "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 11/27/2013

    " Another invaluable source for ancient history, provides insight into accounts that Suetonius may have overlooked. A great source, and its perfect to compare and contrast with Suetonius regarding the reliability of ancient sources and the details of the events, people and the supposed gossip. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patrick\ | 11/2/2013

    " Puts some of the warts back on the Roman high and mighty. A very fun read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katharyn | 9/30/2013

    " Read for HISTAM 313: The Roman Empire "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Belinda | 8/26/2013

    " I read this for my Augustus and Agrippina topics in Ancient History. This man was definately the "Woman's Weekly" of Ancient Rome! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 chimneyswift | 8/23/2013

    " Very engaging read! Tacitus had quite the way with words and was unflinching in his assessment of his countrymen and their motives. A real bloodbath! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trey Kennedy | 8/7/2013

    " Unfortunately I had to read The Annals very quickly for class or I would have enjoyed it more. I did learn more about the writing of history from my seminar on it... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rhod Chang | 7/17/2013

    " Bedside reading for the past two years, and it'll always be the book that I turn to when my prose needs fixing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tedopon | 5/29/2012

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeff McNeill | 10/24/2011

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pamela | 8/20/2010

    " Re-read it recently during a bout of insomnia, it's an actually readable history of Imperial Rome, if you don't feel like wading through Gibbon's Decline and Fall. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ryan | 12/9/2009

    " I enjoyed Tacitus. The accounts of the emperors shifts back and forth between creepy and deranged and interesting. Although he's not as enjoyable as Livy, I'll still keep him on my favorites shelf and read him again sometime. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob Stockton | 5/29/2009

    " Interesting insights into the early imperial years. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter | 6/28/2008

    " A great source for the early Roman Empire "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alcyone | 6/1/2008

    " It is ironic that Tacitus means "silent" because this book is the loud voice of soap opera society of early Rome. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 12/23/2007

    " Excellent insight into the emperors of Rome from Augustus to Nero. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dagmar1927 | 3/2/2007

    " Read and studying for A level Latin. The many tales about Agrippina and Nero's antics are well worth a read, as is chapter two of Book XIV, previously banned from being taught in schools for its rather racy content. "

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