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Download The Complete Works of Tacitus: Volume 4 Audiobook (Unabridged)

Extended Audio Sample The Complete Works of Tacitus: Volume 4 (Unabridged) Audiobook, by Cornelius Tacitus
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (903 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 exemplary life of a noble soldier/statesman, a description of ancient Germany, and a discussion of oratory are the subjects of three short masterpieces by the brilliant Roman historian, Tacitus.

The Life of Cnaeus Julius Agricola is an almost perfect example of what the Romans called the panegyric, a type of salutary obituary which was invariably produced at the death of renowned persons. Agricola was certainly no ordinary man. For one thing, he was the father-in-law of Tacitus. And for another, he was a genuinely gifted soldier of the highest character, the kind of unsung hero who made possible the success of Roman civilization.

Germany and Its Tribes is one of the most interesting pieces to come down to us. It is a very insightful and informed commentary on the feared tribes who lived beyond the Rhine. Although some of the information is incorrect or nonsensical, most of it is quite cogent and represents an accurate picture of the German people in those days. Many will recognize traits that have survived into modern times.

The Dialogue on Oratory is a spirited discussion among four men about the merits or demerits of the state of oratory in their time versus its practice in the past. By turns amusing and dazzling, the conversation keeps the listener entertained.

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

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fabrizio | 1/4/2014

    " You must read it. Enough said? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharon | 12/27/2013

    " One of my first introductions to ancient history. I prefer Herodotus, but I'm glad I have Tacitus under my belt. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peter | 12/9/2013

    " The true story of the Bush Administration... spelled out 2000 years ago in Rome. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Miles | 4/7/2013

    " One year in the life of the Empire following the death of Gaius Claudius (Nero). What men say and do under pressure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jrobertus | 6/11/2012

    " THis book has been the basis for any number of movies and TV shows. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nate | 2/29/2012

    " The year of the four emperors was a hell of a ride. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessi Ballard | 2/15/2012

    " very detailed. I prefer Suetonius though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Willie Whelan | 12/18/2010

    " If you have to read one 2000 year old history book this should be it. Tacitus is not without his prejudices but boy does he bring Rome to life. It is Roman history as current affairs. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matthew Lippart | 12/10/2009

    " Tacitus is great. His histories of Rome are an enjoyable read, even in translation. In readsing all this stuff, one always gets the depressing feeling that we haven't changed at all over the years, which is part of what makes it such an enjoyable thing to spend an afternoon churning through. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Craig | 12/30/2007

    " History of Rome from the death of Nero to the Emperor Vespasian. Quite bloody. Lots of intrigue. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter | 11/24/2007

    " The very important account of 69AD - and such like "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 9/17/2007

    " A bleak period of Roman history and it didn't do much for me. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Olivia | 8/16/2007

    " God Tacitus. Brevity wouldn't hurt you. "

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