The Annals: The Reigns of Tiberius, Claudius, and Nero

Paperback | July 15, 2008

byCornelius Tacitus, Anthony A. BarrettTranslated byJ. C. Yardley

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'He was atrocious in his brutality, but his lechery was kept hidden... In the end, he erupted into an orgy of crime and ignominy alike'Such is Tacitus' obituary of Tiberius, and he is no less caustic in his opinion of the weak and cuckolded Claudius and the 'artist' Nero. The Annals is a gripping account of the Roman emperors who followed Augustus, the founder of the imperial system, and of the murders, sycophancy, plotting, andoppression that marked this period in Rome. Tacitus provides the earliest and most detailed account of Boudicca's rebellion in Britain, and his history also relates the great fire of Rome in the reign of Nero, and the persecution of the Christians that followed. He deplores the depravity of theemperors, whose behaviour he sees as proof of the corrupting force of absolute power.J. C. Yardley's translation is vivid and accurate, and Anthony A. Barrett's introduction and notes provide invaluable historical and cultural context.

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'He was atrocious in his brutality, but his lechery was kept hidden... In the end, he erupted into an orgy of crime and ignominy alike'Such is Tacitus' obituary of Tiberius, and he is no less caustic in his opinion of the weak and cuckolded Claudius and the 'artist' Nero. The Annals is a gripping account of the Roman emperors who foll...

J. C. Yardley has translated two volumes of Livy for Oxford World's Classics (The Dawn of the Roman Empire and Hannibal's War) and Quintus Curtius Rufus' A History of Alexander for Penguin. He is the author of volumes in the Clarendon Ancient History series, and (with Waldemar Heckel) of Alexander the Great (Blackwell, 2004). Anthony...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:464 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 1.18 inPublished:July 15, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019282421X

ISBN - 13:9780192824219

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