Tacitus' Annals (Google eBook)

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Oxford University Press, Oct 20, 2010 - Literary Criticism - 272 pages
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Tacitus' Annals is the central historical source for first-century C.E. Rome. It is prized by historians since it provides the best narrative material for the reigns of Tiberius, Claudius, and Nero, as well as a probing analysis of the imperial system of government. But the Annals should be seen as far more than an historical source, a mere mine for the reconstruction of the facts of Roman history. While the Annals is a superb work of history, it has also become a central text in the western literary, political, and even philosophical traditions - from the Renaissance to the French and American revolutions, and beyond. This volume attempts to enhance the reader's understanding of how this book of history could have such a profound effect. Chapters will address the purpose, form, and method of Roman historical writing, the ethnic biases of Tacitus, and his use of sources. Since Tacitus has been regarded as one of the first analysts of the psychopathology of political life, the book will examine the emperors, the women of the court, and the ambitious entourage of freedmen and intellectuals who surround every Roman ruler. The final chapter will examine the impact of Tacitus' Annals since their rediscovery by Boccaccio in the 14th century.
  

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Contents

Introduction
3
1 The Creation of a Political Historian
10
2 The Historian and His Sources
22
3 Ethnic Prejudice in Tacitus
42
The Visual Representation of History
63
5 Freedom and Censorship
78
6 A Tiberian Narrative
93
7 Consorts of the Caesars
115
The Reigns of Claudius and Nero
173
10 The Importance of Tacitus Annals
196
The JulioClaudian Family Genealogy
227
Map of the Roman Empire
228
Prominent Persons
231
Further Reading
237
Works Cited
239
Index
245

The Familia of the Caesars
145

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About the author (2010)

Ronald Mellor is Professor of Greek and Roman History at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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