The Annals of Imperial Rome
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The Annals of Imperial Rome

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His last work, regarded by many as the greatest work of contemporary scholarship, Tacitus' The Annals of Imperial Rome recount with depth and insight the history of the Roman Empire during the first century A.D. This Penguin Classics edition is translated with an introduction by Michael Grant. 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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 464 pages
  • 111.76 x 175.26 x 20.32mm | 204.12g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • PENGUIN CLASSICS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • Revised ed.
  • maps, tables, bibliography, index
  • 0140440607
  • 9780140440607
  • 25,516

About Cornelius Tacitus

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. Michael Grant's academic titles include Chancellor's Medallist and Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, and President of the Classical Association.show more

Table of contents

The Annals of Imperial RomeTranslator's Introduction 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 Imperial Rome 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 Genealogical Tables Further Reading index of Personal Namesshow more
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