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The Annals & The Histories, Tacitus

The Annals & The Histories

Authors: Tacitus
Series: Modern Library Classics
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
BISAC/Subject: HIS039000, HIS002020, POL010000
ISBN: 9780307431936, Related ISBNs: 0307431932, 0812966996, 9780307431936, 9780812966992
Classification: Non-Fiction
Number of pages: 640
Audience: General/trade
Synopsis: Cornelius Tacitus brilliantly chronicles the moral decline and rampant civil unrest in the Roman Empire in a period when the earliest foundations of modern Europe were being laid. The Annals commence in a.d. 14, at the death of Augustus, recounting the reigns of Tiberius, Gaius (Caligula), Claudius, and Nero, and conclude in a.d. 68, the year of Nero’s suicide. The Histories document the tumultuous year a.d. 69, when Emperors Galba, Otho, and Vitellius all perished in quick succession, ushering in Vespasian’s ten-year reign. According to historian Will Durant, “[We must] rank Tacitus among the greatest. . . . The portraits he draws stand out more clearly, stride the stage more livingly than any others in historical literature.” This Modern Library Paperback Classic includes newly commissioned endnotes.

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