'The Complete Works of Tacitus'
By Cornelius Tacitus (Author), Moses Hadas (Editor), Alfred John Church (Translator), William Jackson Brodribb (Translator)
This is the complete works of Tacitus includingnThe Annals (Books 1-16), The History (Books 1-5), The Life of Cnaeus Julius Agricola, Germany and Its Tribes, A Dialog of Oratory. Also included is a preface comparing this translation to others available in 1942, a 20 page introduction discussing Tacitus as philosopher and writer, a useful chronology of the events discussed in the works from the death of Augustus in 14 AD to the accession of Hadrian in 117 AD, a family tree of the Juiio-Claudian emperors and a glossary of place names.
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Publius (or Gaius) Cornelius Tacitus (ca. AD 56 – ca. AD 117) was a senator and a historian of the Roman Empire. The surviving portions of his two major works—the Annals and the Histories—examine the reigns of the Roman Emperors Tiberius, Claudius, Nero and those who reigned in the Year of the Four Emperors. These two works span the history of the Roman Empire from the death of Augustus in AD 14 to (presumably) the death of emperor Domitian in AD 96. There are enormous lacunae in the surviving texts, including one four books long in the Annals.
Other works by Tacitus discuss oratory (in dialogue format, see Dialogus de oratoribus), Germania (in De origine et situ Germanorum), and biographical notes about his father-in-law Agricola, primarily during his campaign in Britannia (see De vita et moribus Iulii Agricolae).
Tacitus was an author writing in the latter part of the Silver Age of Latin literature. His work is distinguished by a boldness and sharpness of wit, and a compact and sometimes unconventional use of Latin.
Note: 'The Great Books of the Western World' recommends 'Histories', 'Annals', 'Agricola', 'Germania', 'Dialogus de oratoribus' (Dialogue on Oratory) by Tacitus.