By Victoria Emma Pagán

ISBN-10: 1405190329

ISBN-13: 9781405190329

ISBN-10: 1444354183

ISBN-13: 9781444354188

A better half to Tacitus brings a lot wanted readability and accessibility to the notoriously tricky language and but necessary old money owed of Tacitus. The better half offers either a vast advent and showcases new theoretical techniques that improve our realizing of this complicated author.

  • Tacitus is among the most crucial Roman historians of his time, in addition to a superb literary stylist, whose paintings is characterised via his philosophy of human nature
  • Encourages interdisciplinary dialogue meant to interact students past Classics together with philosophy, cultural reviews, political technological know-how, and literature
  • Showcases new theoretical methods that enhance our realizing of this complicated author
  • Clarifies and explains the notoriously tricky language of Tacitus
  • Written and designed to organize a brand new iteration of students to check for themselves the richness of Tacitean thought
  • Includes contributions from a large variety of proven foreign students and emerging stars within the field

Chapter 1 The Textual Transmission (pages 13–22): Charles E. Murgia
Chapter 2 The Agricola (pages 23–44): Dylan Sailor
Chapter three Germania (pages 45–61): James B. Rives
Chapter four Tacitus' Dialogus de Oratoribus (pages 62–83): Steven H. Rutledge
Chapter five The Histories (pages 84–100): Jonathan Master
Chapter 6 The Annals1 (pages 101–122): Herbert W. Benario
Chapter 7 Tacitus' Sources1 (pages 123–140): David S. Potter
Chapter eight Tacitus and Roman Historiography1 (pages 141–161): Arthur Pomeroy
Chapter nine The focus of strength and Writing heritage (pages 162–186): Olivier Devillers
Chapter 10 Deliberative Oratory within the Annals and the Dialogus (pages 187–211): Christopher S. van den Berg
Chapter eleven Tacitus' Senatorial Embassies of sixty nine CE1 (pages 212–236): Kathryn Williams
Chapter 12 Deuotio, affliction, and Remedia within the Histories (pages 237–259): Rebecca Edwards
Chapter thirteen Tacitus within the Twenty?First Century (pages 260–281): Barbara Levick
Chapter 14 Tacitus' historical past and Mine (pages 282–304): Holly Haynes
Chapter 15 Seneca in Tacitus1 (pages 305–329): James Ker
Chapter sixteen Annum quiete et otio transiit (pages 331–344): Christopher B. Krebs
Chapter 17 “Let us Tread our direction jointly” (pages 345–368): Christopher Whitton
Chapter 18 Tacitus and Epic (pages 369–385): Timothy A. Joseph
Chapter 19 Silius Italicus and Tacitus at the Tragic Hero (pages 386–402): Eleni Manolaraki and Antony Augoustakis
Chapter 20 Historian and Satirist (pages 403–427): Catherine Keane
Chapter 21 Masculinity and Gender functionality in Tacitus (pages 429–457): Thomas Spath
Chapter 22 ladies and Domesticity (pages 458–475): Kristina Milnor
Chapter 23 Postcolonial methods to Tacitus (pages 476–503): Nancy Shumate
Chapter 24 Tacitus and Political proposal (pages 504–528): Daniel Kapust

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In a notable passage Tacitus distills from Agricola’s conduct a lesson for the reader: But Domitian’s nature, easily moved to anger and as hard to fathom as it was to call back, was nonetheless calmed by Agricola’s moderation and foresight, because he did not seek to draw to himself fame and fate by behaving defiantly or making empty boasts of freedom. There are those who always marvel when someone has done something forbidden; I would have them know that in fact it is possible for there to be great men even under bad emperors, and that deference and restraint, if combined with diligence and energy, receive as much praise as very many have gotten by pursuing a course over dangerous terrain and becoming famous through an ostentatious death that advanced the interests of the commonwealth not a bit.

Born in a citizen colony in Gallia Narbonensis, he was educated in the Greek city of Massilia (Marseilles), served as a junior officer in Britain, as a quaestor in Asia, as a legionary legate in Britain, as governor of Aquitania, and again as governor of Britain. The majority of Agricola, then, describes Agricola’s conduct and achievements against a broad geographical backdrop as an agent of Rome’s power. In addition, the ethnographical excursus on Britain conveys knowledge about a place and a group of peoples that were then being absorbed or remained to be absorbed into the empire.

The answer lies in an unstated set of premises about the nature of the empire that this passage relies on. Agricola’s policies here aim at a concrete goal, the pacification (“peace and inactivity”) of occupied Britain. Pacification is in turn desirable because the alternative is worse: war (“a people . . easily brought to war”). To spell out what this passage assumes, then: setting the Britons on a path from which they will deviate into vice and decadence is good policy because otherwise Romans and Britons will fight recurring wars.

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