Agricola / Germania / Dialogue on Oratory

Cornelius Tacitus ( ca. 56-ca. 120) became an orator, married in 77 Julius Agricola 's daughter before Agricola went to Britain, was quaestor in 81 or 82, a senator under the Flavians& amp; a praetor in 88. After four years' absence he experienced the terrors of Domitian 's last years& amp; turned to historical writing. He as a consul in 97. Close friend of the younger Pliny, they successfully prosecuted Marius Priscus.
( i) Life& amp; Character of Agricola, written 97/8, interesting because of Agricola 's career in Britain.
( i) Germania ( 98/9), an important description of the geography, philosoph, products, institutions, social life of German tribes as known to the Romans.
( ii) Dialogue on Oratory of unknown date; a lively conversation about the ecline of oratory& amp; education.
( v) Histories ( probably issued in parts from 105 onwards), th work originally consisting of at least 12 books covering the period 69-96, but only I-IV& amp; part of V survive, dealing in detail with the dramatic years 69-70.
( v) Annals, originally covering the period 14-68 ( Tiberius, Gaius, Claudius, Nero)& amp; published between 115-ca. 120. Of at least 16 books, there survive I-IV ( covering 14-28); a bit of V& amp; all VI ( 31-37); part of XI ( from 47); XII-XV& amp; part of XVI ( to 66).
Tacitus is renowned for his development of a pregnant concise style, character study& amp; psychological analysis,& amp; for the often terrible story which he brilliantly tells. As a biographer of the early Roman empire he is paramount.
The Loeb Classical Library edition is in five volumes.
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Agricola / Germania / Dialogue on Oratory
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Published January 1st 1914 by Harvard University Press (first published -98

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They imagined, no oubt, that in those flames disappeared the voice of the resident, the liberty of the Senate, the conscience of mankind. " " If you humour their drunkeness by supplying as much as they crave, they might be vanquished through their vices as easily as on the battlefield. " [ on the Germans ] " In the ood old days, every an 's wife, born in wedlock, was brought up not in the chamber of some hireling nurse, but on his daughter 's lap, and at her knee.

he childre themselves make no attemp to train their little ones in goodness and self-control; they grow up in an atmosphere of laxity and pertness, in which they come gradually to lose all sense of hame, and all respect both for themselves and for man people. "

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Through these main points/common themes Tacitus wrote a history ( bot of which has been lost to time and the elements) that encompassed what he elieved as the wor of history and shows the purpose of the writing and of history in general.Common themes that show Tacitus ’ s meaning of history:1.

It also shows that he though that each of these events had contingent meaning.

I speculate that Tacitus ’ s purpose of history was for three main reasons: i.

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I read the book specifically for 'Germany', in which Tacitus provides a valuable overview of the culture and origin of Germany in Roman times.

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Tacitus is famous as the second historian in the easter world, following Herodotus by about 60 years or so.

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