The Annals of Imperial Rome
by Cornelius Tacitus, Michael Grant
Editor: Penguin Books Ltd
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His latest work, considered by many to be the greatest schoolboy’s work, Tacitus’ The Annals of Imperial Rome tell with depth and insight of the history of the Roman Empire during the first century ADThis Penguin Classics edition is translated with an introduction by Michael GrantTacitus’ Annals of Imperial Rome, to tell the main historical events from the years shortly before the death of Augustus until the death of Nero, in the year 68.He clearly and vividly describes the reign of terror under the corruption of Tiberius, the great fire of Rome in 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 very critical of emperors, excesses and fear for the future of Imperial Rome, just as filled with a desire for its past glories.Michael Grant translates vividly, captures the emotional patriotism of moral Tacitus’s emotional patriotism in a tone, compensated by a lucid understanding that Rome is doomed to failure, and transports it with cinematographic force of life to the great emperors who laid the foundations of modern Europe.Tacitus (56-117) studied rhetoric in Rome and rose for eminence as a pleader to the Roman barIn 77, he married the daughter of Agricola, the winner of Great Britain, and later wrote a biography of her daughter, Agricola.His other works, all in Penguin Classics, include Germanie and History.If you have enjoyed The Annals of Imperial Rome, you could, as Herodotus of History, also available in Penguin Classics
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