By Tacitus, Anthony Birley
Cornelius Tacitus, Rome's maximum historian and the final nice author of classical Latin prose, produced his first books in advert ninety eight, after the assination of the Emperor Domitian ended fifteen years of enforced silence. a lot of Agricola, that is the biography of Tacitus' past due spouse's father Julius Agricola, is dedicated to Britain and its humans, given that Agricola's declare to status was once that as governor for seven years he had accomplished the conquest of england, began 4 a long time past. Germany presents an account of Rome's most threatening enemies, the Germans, and is the one surviving instance of an ethnographic examine from the traditional global. every one ebook in its method has had mammoth impact on our belief of Rome and the northern barbarians. This version displays contemporary learn in Roman-British and Roman-German heritage and comprises newly came across facts on Tacitus' early occupation.
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Extra resources for Agricola and Germany (Oxford World's Classics)
Agricola’s Life up to his Appointment as Governor of Britain 4. Gnaeus Julius Agricola came from the ancient and famous colonia of Forum Julii [Fréjus]. Both his grandfathers were procurators of the Caesars, the equivalent of nobility for equestrians. His father Julius Graecinus belonged to the senatorial order and was Agricola 5 noted for his devotion to eloquence and philosophy. By these very accomplishments he incurred the wrath of Gaius Caesar [Caligula], for he was ordered to prosecute Marcus Silanus and, because he refused, was put to death.
He dedicated the work to his friend Fabius Justus, who was consul early in 102. 15 But in a letter written in about 107 (8. 7) Pliny refers to Tacitus having submitted a work to him for comment, ‘as one orator to another’. Perhaps he was revising the Dialogue then. Tacitus may in the mean time have been away from Rome again. In 104 or 105 Pliny wrote to Tacitus expressing pleasure that he had returned to Rome safely (Letters 4. 13). 101–4. On his return Tacitus devoted himself to his Histories.
Tacitus praetor and quindecimvir; Secular Games held. (January) Antonius Saturninus rebels against Domitian in Upper Germany but is quickly suppressed; Domitian campaigns against the Chatti again and then on the upper Danube. Domitian campaigns on the Danube. (23 August) Death of Agricola. Tacitus returns to Rome. Treason trials, executions of Helvidius, Rusticus, and Senecio. (18 September) Domitian murdered, replaced by Nerva. Trajan appointed governor of Upper Germany. Tacitus consul, delivers funeral speech for Verginius Rufus.
Agricola and Germany (Oxford World's Classics) by Tacitus, Anthony Birley