The Histories

The Histories

Paperback Penguin Classics Language: English / Latin

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

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  • Publisher: PENGUIN CLASSICS
  • Format: Paperback | 336 pages
  • Language: English / Latin
  • Dimensions: 112mm x 180mm x 20mm | 272g
  • Publication date: 31 July 1975
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0140441506
  • ISBN 13: 9780140441505
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: maps, plans, bibliography, index
  • Sales rank: 370,184

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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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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.

Table of contents

The HistoriesIntroduction Book One 1-11 The Setting of the Story 12-50 The Murder of Galba 51-90 The Vitellian Advance Book Two 1-10 Flavian Caution 11-45 The First Battle of Cremona 46-56 Otho's Suicide 57-73 Vitellius in Northern Italy 74-86 Vespasian Emperor 87-101 Rome Under Vitellius Book Three 1-35 The Second Battle of Cremona 36-48 A World Convulsed 49-86 The March on Rome Book Four 1-11 A Divided Senate 12-37 Civilis Revolts 38-53 The New Year, A.D. 70 54-80 The Rhineland Recovered 81-86 Signs and Wonders Book Five 1-13 The Jews 14-26 The Collapse of Civilis Bibliography Key to Technical Terms Key to Place-Names Maps index of Personal Names