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Books 5 and 6 of Tacitus' Annals cover the last years of the emperor Tiberius. Although most of Book 5 is lost, Book 6 survives complete and offers a vivid narrative of the increasingly tyrannical princeps, secluded on the island of Capri; the book ends with his death and obituary notice, one of the most celebrated passages of classical literature. The volume presents a new text of Books 5 and 6, restoring the division between them which was proposed by Lipsius, as well as a full commentary on the text, covering textual, literary, linguistic and historical matters. An Appendix discusses 'The Tacitean Tiberius'. The volume rounds off the sequence which began with commentary on Books 1 and 2 of Tacitus' Annals by F. R. D. Goodyear (1972, 1981) and was continued by commentary on Book 3 by A. J. Woodman and R. H. Martin (1996).Read more
- A major contribution to scholarship on Tacitus, ancient Rome's greatest historian
- Provides key evidence for the last years of the reign of the emperor Tiberius
- Provides a new text, plus a full commentary covering textual, literary, linguistic and historical matters
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'In short, this commentary is a reflection of the authoritative work of Woodman as well as his predecessors. … In this commentary, Woodman has brought Goodyear's (and Martin's) work to an admirable conclusion.' Rebecca Edwards, Bryn Mawr Classical Review
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- Publication planned for: August 2019
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9781316606650
- dimensions: 216 x 140 mm
- contains: 1 b/w illus.
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References and abbreviations
Appendix: the Tacitean Tiberius
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