The Annals of Ancient Rome by Tacitus

Book Review: The Annals of Imperial 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
Content Warnings: Antisemitism

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.

2022 Update: This review was imported from Goodreads several years before this blog was actively managed. As such, I have attempted to update the book information pulling content warnings from The StoryGraph as available. I recommend reading more recent reviews of this book to be sure it holds up in the modern world.

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 found it to be the most enlightening book assigned.


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