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De vita et moribus Iulii Agricolae Summary ê 2 ï [Reading] ➷ De vita et moribus Iulii Agricolae Author Tacitus – Publius or Gaius Cornelius Tacitus AD 56 – 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 tPan the history of the Roman Empire from the death vita et moribus Kindle #208 of Augustus in AD to the death of Emperor Domitian in AD There are substantial lacunae in the surviving texts including one four books long in the AnnalsTacitus is considered one of the greatest Roman historians living in what has been called the Silver Age of Lat. I don't read a lot of classics any probably from having to binge on them in grad school but these short works were both engaging and enjoyable Like a lot of ancient writers Tacitus is something of a jack of all trades He doesn't simply write history or political commentary or culturalanthropological observation but moves between those things fluidly in an epoch before each of those styles was or less confined to its own genre His descriptions of the British and the Germans are important not simply for being some of the first any human being wrote about those peoples but also because he shows them from the perspective of a detached and often bewildered outsider

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Publius or Gaius Cornelius Tacitus et moribus ePUB #9734 AD – AD was a senator and a historian of the Roman Empire The surviving portions of his two major works the Annals and the Histories De vita PDFEPUBexamine the reigns of the Roman Emperors Tiberius Claudius Nero and those who reigned in the Year of the Four Emperors These two works s. They ravage they slaughter they seize by false pretenses and all of this they hail as the construction of empire And when in their wake nothing remains but a desert they call that peaceTacitus as Graham Greene Whether offering a biography or an anthropological survey Tacitus remains both terse and elouent all the way with a taste that all is certainly going to shit I liked both pieces eually I was struck in the latter by what I fathomed to be the respect shown for the Nasser of the Danube The first section a portrait of his father in law can't help but appear regal in defeat

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De vita et moribus Iulii AgricolaeIn literature As well as the brevity and compactness of his Latin prose he is known for his penetrating insights into the psychology of power politicsEdited and introduced by Emmy Award winning author and historian Bob Carruthers Tribes of Ancient Britain and Germany is essential reading for anyone interested the history of the classical wor. Penguin Classics edition translated by Harold Mattingly; introduction notes revision by JB RivesI'm not a big fan of the Romans so it's unsurprising that one of the few Roman texts I've read cover to cover isn't even about the Romans themselves it's mostly about barbarians I read most of this book a while ago and I thought it contained a uote I was going to use here Tacitus saying something to the effect that people who were interested in barbarians than in civilisation were merely bored This perhaps being some predilection of decadent Roman youth But I've just skimmed right through Germania and the introduction and it's not there so it must have been in something else I read around the same time Anyway I was amused that there were people like me so very long agoThough when I say Germania is not even about the Romans it's only ostensibly not about the Romans One of the most common opinions on it has been is that the text is or less a front for discussing Roman virtues and vices the barbarian is what the Roman is not; usually he is not as good as the Roman but some aspects of his life may be praiseworthy in comparison with degenerate Romans of today Rives sensibly incorporates archaeological evidence into his introduction and notes and shows that it's going too far to say that Germania is merely a superimposition of Roman values and not at all an ethnography of tribes on the borders of the Empire in some cases we can indeed corroborate Tacitus’ observations with evidence from other sources The real difficulty is that in the absence of such corroboration we simply cannot judge where Tacitus’ account is reliable and where it is not A few of the examples supported by archaeological evidence the discovery of the site of the Battle of Teutoberg Forest; the houses of the Germani and In Tacitus’ day there were certainly sub Neolithic peoples living in northern Scandinavia and the eastern Baltic and some second hand report about a people like this probably lies behind his account here The last would be the Fenni who end the work Tacitus' narrative having been moving further and further from the Empire and therefore mentioning progressively less Roman like societies One shouldn't assume they were in Finland as Tacitus was necessarily vague about locations not having visited the peoples himself and besides tribal groupings moved around a fair bit during the Roman era and the Migration Period and weren't always in the locations now associated with their names The Fenni sound like a favourite daydream of Rousseau or an anarcho primitivist More obscurely they reminded me of a couple of the characters in Estonian historical fantasy novel about the advent of agriculture The Man Who Spoke Snakish; the author surely read Germania as part of his research The Fenni are astonishingly wild and disgustingly poor They have no arms no horses no homes They eat wild plants dress in skins and sleep on the ground Their only hope is in their arrows which for lack of iron they tip with bone The same hunt provides food for men and women alike; for the women go everywhere with the men and claim a share in securing the prey The only way they can protect their babies against wild beasts or rain is to hide them under a makeshift network of branches To this the young men return this is the haven for the old Yet they count their lot happier than that of those who groan over field labour sweat over house building and venture in hope and fear their own and other men’s fortunes They care for no one man or god and have gained the ultimate release they have no needs not even for prayer Their level of technology is