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The Histories

Publius Cornelius Tacitus

Book Overview: 

The Histories was written between 100 and 110 A.D. It covered the Year of Four Emperors following the downfall of Nero, the rise of Vespasian, and the rule of the Flavian Dynasty up to the death of Domitian.

Only the first four books and 26 chapters of the fifth book have survived, covering the year 69 and the first part of 70. The work is believed to have continued up to the death of Domitian on September 18, 96. As a prelude to the account of Titus’s suppression of the Great Jewish Revolt, Book 5 features a short ethnographic survey of the ancient Jews as seen from the Roman point of view.(Summary adapted from Wikipedia.)

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Community Reviews

It's too bad so much of Tacitus' work has been lost over time as he did a pretty good job of covering the three Emperors period. What was there was, I feel, wonderfully written. It was somewhat hard to keep track due to the number of participants involved in such a work but the footnotes did help...more

very interesting, though would be considered dry material by most--and there were some parts that i skimmed. the only thing ot really detract from it was the formatting--pages of footnotes i had to swipe past and odd numbers popping up at random through the text. i am not sure if this is how Taci...more