Tacitus Annals

Paperback | November 20, 2010

byRonald Mellor

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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 beseen 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 Frenchand 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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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 beseen as far more than an historical source, ...

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

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:November 20, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195151933

ISBN - 13:9780195151930

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Editors' ForewordAcknowledgmentsIntroduction1. The creation of a Political Historian2. The Historian and His Sources3. Ethnic Prejudice in Tacitus4. Ut Pictura Poesis: The Visual Representation of History5. Freedom and Censorship6. A Tiberian Narrative7. Consorts of the Caesars8. Courtiers on the Palatine: The Familia of the Caesars9. Performances at the Court: The Reigns of Claudius and Nero10. The Importance of Tacitus' AnnalsThe Julio-Claudian Family (Genealogy)Map of the Roman EmpireProminent PersonsFurther ReadingWorks Cited