The Annals of Imperial Rome
Tacitus' Annals of Imperial Rome recount the major historical events from the years shortly before the death of Augustus up to the death of Nero in AD 68. With clarity and vivid intensity he describes the reign of terror under the corrupt Tiberius, the great fire of Rome during the time of Nero, and the wars, poisonings, scandals, conspiracies and murders that were part of imperial life. Despite his claim that the Annals were written objectively, Tacitus' account is sharply critical of the emperors' excesses and fearful for the future of Imperial Rome, while also filled with a longing for its past glories.
Michael Grant's translation vividly captures the emotional patriotism of Tacitus' moral tone, offset by a lucid understanding that Rome is doomed, and conveys with cinematic vigour the lives of the great Emperors who laid the foundations of modern Europe.
Tacitus (56-117) 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, Agricola. His other works, all available in Penguin Classics, include the Germania and the The Histories.
If you enjoyed The Annals of Imperial Rome, you might like Herodotus' The Histories, also available in Penguin Classics.
- Paperback | 464 pages
- 129 x 198 x 20mm | 319g
- 31 Dec 1963
- Penguin Books Ltd
- PENGUIN CLASSICS
- London, United Kingdom
- Revised ed.
- maps, tables, bibliography, index
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Table of contents
1. The Life and Works of Tacitus
2. What Tacitus Inherited
3. Tacitus on Empire and Emporers
4. Tacitus and the World
5. The Style of Tacitus: Translator's Note
Part One: Tiberius
1. From Augustus to Tiberius (Bk, I. 1-15)
2. Mutiny on the Frontiers (I. 16-49)
3. War with the Germans (I. 49-II. 26)
4. The First Treason (II. 27-52)
5. The Death of Germanicus (II. 52-III. 19)
6. Tiberius and the Senate (III. 19-76)
7. Partner of My Labours (IV, V)8. The Reign of Terror (VI)
Part Two: Claudius and Nero
9. The Fall of Messalina (XI)
10. The Mother of Nero (XII)
11. The Fall of Agrippina (XIII, I-XIV. 13)
12. Nero and his Helpers (XIV. 14-65)
13. Eastern Settlement (XV. 1-32)
14. The Burning of Rome (XV. 32-47)
15. The Plot (XV. 48-74)
16. Innocent Victims (XVI)
List of Roman Emporers
Lists of Some Eastern Monarchs
Key to Technical Terms
Key to Place-Names
index of Personal Names
About Cornelius Tacitus
Michael Grant's academic titles include Chancellor's Medallist and Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, and President of the Classical Association.