Tacitus: The Histories, Volumes I and II
More information about this seller Contact this seller 3. AD 56 after was a senator and a historian of the Roman Empire. Histories Latin: Historiae is a Roman historical chronicle by Tacitus. Written c.
Main author: Cornelius Tacitus Title: C. Cornelius Tacitus, juxta correctius exemplar editus : cum adjectis capitulorum numeris. More information about this seller Contact this seller 4. Condition: Very Good. Three volumes. Contemporary leather boards scratched, worn, and age-soiled. Titling and date of publication tooled into spine of volume one. Inner joints reinforced in all three volumes.
Volume one still retains its green placemarker ribbon, though it is heavily frayed at spine head. Volumes intact, but binding of volume two is a little more delicate than the others, with two signatures at center of the book pulling free of bottom veins; all three volumes have occasional narrow gaps between signatures where the gutter is slightly exposed.
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Annals Histories by Tacitus
Contemporary original 17th century full calf leather binding with raised bands and elaborate gilt compartments on spine. Decorative gold rolled edges to the cover has been mostly worn away. Volume 2: This book mispaginated. Great gift item for someone who reads French and loves Roman history. Publius or Gaius Cornelius Tacitus c. The surviving portions of his two major works the Annals and the Histories treat the reigns of the Roman Emperors Tiberius, Claudius, Nero and those that reigned in the Year of the Four Emperors.
These two works span the history of the Roman Empire from the death of Augustus in 14 to presumably the death of emperor Domitian in There are significant lacunae in the surviving texts. Other surviving works by Tacitus treat Oratory in dialogue format, see Dialogus de oratoribus , Germania in De origine et situ Germanorum , and biographical notes about his father-in-law Agricola, primarily during his campaign in Britannia see De vita et moribus Iulii Agricolae.
Tacitus' style in his major works is Annalistic. An author living in the latter part of the Silver Age of Latin literature, his writing is characterised by an uncompromising boldness and sharpness of wit, and a compact and sometimes unconventional use of the Latin language. More information about this seller Contact this seller 7. More information about this seller Contact this seller 8.
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In this set Vol. V needs rebinding. Further details on request. Sold as is. Condition: new. Seller Inventory think The Julio-Claudians eventually gave way to generals, who followed Julius Caesar and Sulla and Pompey in recognizing that military might could secure them the political power in Rome. Welcome as the death of Nero had been in the first burst of joy, yet it had not only roused various emotions in Rome, among the Senators, the people, or the soldiery of the capital, it had also excited all the legions and their generals; for now had been divulged that secret of the empire, that emperors could be made elsewhere than at Rome.
Tacitus's political career was largely lived out under the emperor Domitian.
His experience of the tyranny, corruption, and decadence of that era 81—96 may explain the bitterness and irony of his political analysis. He draws our attention to the dangers of power without accountability, love of power untempered by principle, and the apathy and corruption engendered by the concentration of wealth generated through trade and conquest by the empire.
Nonetheless, the image he builds of Tiberius throughout the first six books of the Annals is neither exclusively bleak nor approving: most scholars view the image of Tiberius as predominantly positive in the first books, and predominantly negative after the intrigues of Sejanus. The entrance of Tiberius in the first chapters of the first book is dominated by the hypocrisy of the new emperor and his courtiers.
In the later books, some respect is evident for the cleverness of the old emperor in securing his position. In general, Tacitus does not fear to praise and to criticize the same person, often noting what he takes to be their more-admirable and less-admirable properties. One of Tacitus's hallmarks is refraining from conclusively taking sides for or against persons he describes, which has led some to interpret his works as both supporting and rejecting the imperial system see Tacitean studies , Black vs.
Red Tacitists. His Latin style is highly praised. The style has been both derided as "harsh, unpleasant, and thorny" and praised as "grave, concise, and pithily eloquent". A passage of Annals 1. Compared to the Ciceronian period , where sentences were usually the length of a paragraph and artfully constructed with nested pairs of carefully matched sonorous phrases, this is short and to the point. But it is also very individual. Note the three different ways of saying and in the first line -que, et, ac , and especially the matched second and third lines.
They are parallel in sense but not in sound; the pairs of words ending "…-entibus …-is" are crossed over in a way that deliberately breaks the Ciceronian conventions—which one would however need to be acquainted with to see the novelty of Tacitus' style. Some readers, then and now, find this teasing of their expectations merely irritating.
Others find the deliberate discord, playing against the evident parallelism of the two lines, stimulating and intriguing. His historical works focus on the motives of the characters, often with penetrating insight—though it is questionable how much of his insight is correct, and how much is convincing only because of his rhetorical skill. Elsewhere Annals 4. Although this kind of insight has earned him praise, he has also been criticised for ignoring the larger context. Tacitus owes most, both in language and in method, to Sallust, and Ammianus Marcellinus is the later historian whose work most closely approaches him in style.
Tacitus makes use of the official sources of the Roman state: the acta senatus the minutes of the sessions of the Senate and the acta diurna populi Romani a collection of the acts of the government and news of the court and capital. He also read collections of emperors' speeches, such as those of Tiberius and Claudius. He is generally seen [ by whom? The minor inaccuracies in the Annals may be due to Tacitus dying before he had finished and therefore before he had proof-read his work.
Tacitus cites some of his sources directly, among them Cluvius Rufus , Fabius Rusticus and Pliny the Elder, who had written Bella Germaniae and a historical work which was the continuation of that of Aufidius Bassus. Tacitus also uses collections of letters epistolarium. He also took information from exitus illustrium virorum. These were a collection of books by those who were antithetical to the emperors. They tell of sacrifices by martyrs to freedom, especially the men who committed suicide. While he places no value on the Stoic theory of suicide and views suicides as ostentatious and politically useless, Tacitus often gives prominence to speeches made by those about to commit suicide, for example Cremutius Cordus ' speech in Ann.
IV, 34— From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Roman senator and historian.
For other uses, see Tacitus disambiguation. Modern statue representing Tacitus outside the Austrian Parliament Building.