Writing and Empire in Tacitus by Dylan SailorWriting and Empire in Tacitus by Dylan Sailor

Writing and Empire in Tacitus

byDylan Sailor

Paperback | June 30, 2011

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Writing and Empire in Tacitus examines how Tacitus' historiographical career serves as an argument about his personal autonomy and social value under the peculiar political conditions of the early Roman Empire. Following the arc of his career from Agricola through Histories to Annals, this book focuses on ways in which Tacitus' writing makes implicit claims about his relationship to Roman society and about the political consequentiality of historical writing. In a sense, this 2008 book suggests, his literary career and the sense of alienation his works project form the ideal complement to his very successful political career, which, while desirable, might nonetheless give the impression of degrading submission to emperors. The discussion combines careful attention to the historian's explicit programmatic discussion of his work with larger-scale analysis of stretches of narrative that have unspoken but significant implications for how we view the function and importance of Tacitus' work.
Title:Writing and Empire in TacitusFormat:PaperbackDimensions:372 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.79 inPublished:June 30, 2011Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521297141

ISBN - 13:9780521297141

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Table of Contents

Introduction. A life, in fragments; 1. Autonomy, authority, and representing the past under the Principate; 2. Agricola and the crisis of representation; 3. The burdens of Histories; 4. 'Elsewhere than Rome'; 5. Tacitus and Cremutius; Conclusion. On knowing Tacitus.