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Caius Cornelius Tacitus, a Roman orator and public official, is considered one of the greatest historians as well as one of the greatest prose stylists of the Latin language. In The Histories, he describes and interprets the period in which he lived, beginning with the political situation that followed Nero’s death in AD 69 and ending with the death of Domitian in AD 96 and the close of the Flavian dynasty. The five books of the history still in existance are part of an original work of twelve to fourteen books.

The narrative as it now exists, with its magnificent introduction, is a powerfully sustained piece of writing. Because Tacitus was a conscious literary stylist, both his thought and his manner of expression gave life to his work. He wrote in the grand style, helped by the solemn and poetic usage of the Roman tradition, and he exploited the Latin qualities of strength, rhythm, and color.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Willie | 11/27/2010

    " 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 by Alice | 1/29/2010

    " 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 by Lorena Francisca | 2/3/2009

    " Realmente Tácito relata lo que fue el reinado de los cuatro príncipes con un tono realista e irónico. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Miles | 12/30/2008

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

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