The Histories

The Histories

By (author) Cornelius Tacitus , Series edited by Kenneth Wellesley


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AD 69, the year following Nero's suicide and marking the end of the first dynasty of imperial Rome, was one of the most dramatic and dangerous in the city's history. In the surviving books of his Histories, the great barrister-historian Tacitus gives a gripping account of the long but single year' that saw the reigns of four emperors: disciplinarian Galba; conspirator and dandy Otho; unambitious hedonist Vitellius; and pragmatic victor Vespasian, who went on to establish the Flavian dynasty. In a narrative that extends from Britain to Egypt and from the Caucasus to Morocco, taking in revolt, conspiracy, battles and murder, Tacitus portrays history in terms of human sagacity and folly, pathos and heroism - and, ultimately, chance and fate.

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  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 111.76 x 180.34 x 20.32mm | 272.15g
  • 31 Jul 1975
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London
  • English, Latin
  • Reprint
  • maps, plans, bibliography, index
  • 0140441506
  • 9780140441505
  • 398,866

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Tacitus studied rhetoric in Rome and rose to eminence as a pleader at the Roman Bar. In 77 he married the daughter of Agricola, conqueror of Britain, of whom he later wrote a biography. His other works includethe Germania and the Historiae. Kenneth Wellesley has translated many texts from Latin.

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