The Annals of Ancient Rome by Tacitus

Posted February 1, 2011 by Amber in Reviews / 0 Comments

The Annals of Imperial Rome

The Annals of Imperial Rome

by Tacitus

Publisher: Penguin Books on January 1, 0116
Genre: History, Non-Fiction
Target Age Group: Adult, New Adult

Rating: ★★★

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In The Annals of Imperial Rome, his last and greatest work, Tacitus covers the period from AD 14 (just before the death of Augustus) to the death of Nero in AD 68.


For a book written during the Roman Empire, this particular translation of Tacitus isn’t that bad. The flow is relatively easy to work with, and it is constantly informative. Tacitus often reminds his readers that much of what he writes is what that people say, and he warns to be wary of rumours. Still, it gives some idea of culture. I read this book for a course on the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, and I would it to be the most enlightening book assigned.

Ratings Breakdown

Writing: ★★★
Pacing: ★★
Sources: ★ 1/2
Detail: ★★★ 1/2
Delivery: ★★
Subject: ★★★★★
Personal Enjoyment: ★★ 1/2


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