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Author: Caius Cornelius Tacitus Narrator: James Adams Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2008 ISBN: 9781481583206
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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 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 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 Lorena | 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 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nate | 10/17/2008

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gicmaficionado | 8/11/2008

    " What a book ... Tacitus is magnificent historian ... Rome is rich with history and tragedy. And never before I read this twisted history about the year of four caesar ... What a truly epic movie, it will become. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peter | 7/7/2008

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jrobertus | 5/31/2008

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

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Olivia | 8/22/2007

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

About the Author

Gaius Cornelius Tacitus (c. AD 56–117) was a senator and a historian of the Roman Empire. The surviving portions of his two major works—the Annals and the Histories—examine the reigns of the Roman Emperors Tiberius, Claudius, Nero, and those who reigned in the Year of the Four Emperors (AD 69). His other writings discuss oratory, Germania, and the life of his father-in-law, Agricola, the Roman general responsible for much of the Roman conquest of Britain. Considered one of the greatest Roman historians, Tacitus lived in what has been called the Silver Age of Latin literature, and he is known for his penetrating insights into the psychology of power politics.

About the Narrator

James Adams is one of the world’s leading authorities on terrorism and intelligence, and for more than twenty-five years he has specialized in national security. He is also the author of fourteen bestselling books on warfare, with a particular emphasis on covert warfare. A former managing editor of the London Sunday Times and CEO of United Press International, he trained as a journalist in England, where he graduated first in the country. Now living in Southern Oregon, he has narrated numerous audiobooks and earned an AudioFile Earphones Award and two coveted Audie Award for best narration.