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Tacitus: Annals Book XV

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  • Date Published: December 2017
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521269391

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  • Tacitus' account of Nero's principate is an extraordinary piece of historical writing. His graphic narrative (including Annals XV) is one of the highlights of the greatest surviving historian of the Roman Empire. It describes how the imperial system survived Nero's flamboyant and hedonistic tenure as emperor, and includes many famous passages, from the Great Fire of Rome in AD 64 to the city-wide party organised by Nero's praetorian prefect, Tigellinus, in Rome. This edition unlocks the difficulties and complexities of this challenging yet popular text for students and instructors alike. It elucidates the historical context of the work and the literary artistry of the author, as well as explaining grammatical difficulties of the Latin for students. It also includes a comprehensive introduction discussing historical, literary and stylistic issues.

    • The commentary provides detailed linguistic support for students, making Tacitus' famously challenging Latin more accessible
    • A comprehensive introduction explores the historical and literary background to this central and popular text
    • Book XV includes several extraordinary episodes from Nero's notorious reign as emperor, including the Great Fire of Rome in AD 64
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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2017
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521269391
    • length: 382 pages
    • dimensions: 215 x 137 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.46kg
    • contains: 2 maps
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    List of maps
    List of abbreviations
    1. Tacitus
    2. The sources, historiography, and Nero
    3. Annals 15: structure and artistry
    4. Parthia and Armenia
    5. The perils of gloria: Corbulo and Seneca
    6. The Pisonian conspiracy
    7. Speeches, style, and language
    8. Manuscripts
    Corneli Taciti Ab Excessv Divi Augusti Liber Qvintvsdecimvs
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    1. General index
    2. Latin words.

  • Author


    Editor (Introduction and Notes)

    Rhiannon Ash, University of Oxford
    Rhiannon Ash is Fellow and Tutor in Classics at Merton College, University of Oxford. She has published widely on Tacitus and on Roman historiography, including a commentary on Tacitus' Histories II in the same series (Cambridge, 2007).

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