The Agricola and Germania of Cornelius Tacitus

The Agricola and Germania of Cornelius Tacitus

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1885 edition. Excerpt: ...of the Normans and the Vikings. With these he afiirms that the Continent of Europe terminates, and all beyond is a motionless and frozen oeean. Truth in these distant elimes mingles with fable. l Daylight eontinues after the sun has set, but a hissing noise is heard as his blazing orb plunges into the sea, and the forms of the gods, and the radiant glories whieh surround their heads are visible. The list of marvels ends with fabulous beings whose bodies and limbs are those of wild beasts, while their heads and faees are human. Ansvrsv. THE style of the carnutum is almost the mature style of Taeitus, and the note of sareasm is already predominant. There is nothing mueh bitterer in any of his writings, than the passage in whieh the fall of the Cherusei is traeed to their beeoming peaeeable, good neighbors;' and the sneer at Rome is bitter enough when we read that the Germans do not eall it the way of the world to eorrupt and to be eorrupted.2 The bitternem is quite impartial: when the Germans go quietly into slavery for a gambling debt, they eall it honor, and Taeitus ealls it madness.a THE following remarks of Murphy, quoted from Tyler, will illustrate the value of the treatise to modern Europeans and their deseendants: "It is a draught of savage manners, delineated by a masterly hand; the more interesting, as the part of the world whieh it deseribes was the seminary of the modern European nations, the VAGINA GENTIUM, as historians have emphatieally ealled it. The work is short, but, as Montesquieu observes, it is the work of a man who abridged everything, beeause he knew everything. A thorough knowledge of the transaetions of barbarous ages will throw more light than is generally imagined on the laws of modern times. Wherever the...show more

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  • Paperback | 62 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 127g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • Abridged
  • abridged edition
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236882849
  • 9781236882844
  • 2,235,005