Tacitus Annals XVI
Bloomsbury Publishing, Nov 2, 2017 - Literary Criticism - 200 pages
Book XVI of Tacitus' Annals is the last of the surviving books of the great Roman historian's monumental account of the reigns of the emperors from Tiberius to Nero. The unfinished book offers a stunning portrait of Nero in his last years, a man now free of the restraining influences of his mother Agrippina and tutor Seneca. Annals XVI presents such unforgettable scenes as the spectacle of Petronius' suicide, and the mad quest of Nero to find the gold of the Carthaginian queen Dido.
This edition provides a commentary to the entire book, with notes carefully aimed at first-time readers of Tacitus as well as more advanced students. An introduction provides a guide to what we know of Tacitus' life and work, as well as to the reign of Nero and Tacitus' depiction of an empire in transition, of a Rome teetering on the verge of chaos and collapse. A full vocabulary at the end of the volume is a vital resource for students preparing this text for class work or assessment.
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Ablative absolute ablative of means accused adjective Aeneas Aeneid Agricola Agrippina Ancient Annales XVI Anteius Antistius atus Augustus Barea Soranus basic meaning Bassus Book XVI Caesar Cambridge Cassius Cato Chapter Classical Claudius clause commentary commit suicide conj conspiracy Cossutianus dative death describes Dido Dido’s Domitian dramatic edition Egnatius eius emperor epic Eprius exemplum exile expresses Furneaux notes Gaius genitive Gerundive gold Helvidius here–here Heubner prints hexad historian honor Imperfect subjunctive imperial Latin literally Lucan Lucius Marsh and Leon Medicean reads Mela narrative Nero Nero’s Neronian noun OLD s.v. one’s Ostorius Oxford participle Petronius pietas Pisonian conspiracy Pluperfect subjunctive Pollitta Poppaea princeps principis Priscus Publius quae quaestor quam quod refers Roman Rome Rubellius Plautus Rusticus senate senatorial Seneca sense Servilia Silanus Silia Soranus Stoic subjunctive Suetonius surviving Tacitean Tacitus tamquam Thrasea Paetus Tigellinus verb Vespasian Vetus victim Virgil’s word