The Annals of Ancient Imperial Rome by Tacitus

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

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The Annals of Ancient Imperial Rome by Tacitus

The Annals of Ancient Imperial Rome by Tacitus

Paperback

Published by Oxford University Press on January 1st 116
Genres: Ancient History, History, Non-Fiction, Roman History
Length: 592 pages Source: College Bookstore

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three-stars

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.

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The Breakdown
Writing
three-stars
Delivery
two-stars
Detail
three-half-stars
Subject
five-stars
Sources
one-half-stars
Personal Enjoyment
two-half-stars
Overall: three-stars
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