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Selections from Tacitus Histories I

Benedict Gravell · ISBN 9781501349997
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Publisher Bloomsbury USA
Author(s) Benedict Gravell
Published 02072019
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This is the first intermediate-student edition of a selection from Tacitus Histories I. Sections 4 (finis Neronis ...) to 7, 12–14, 17–23, 26–36, 39–44 and 49 are included as Latin text with an accompanying commentary and vocabulary. Focusing on a deliberately concise extract from the original, this edition is designed to be manageable for students reading the text for the first time while also perfectly encapsulating the interest of the longer work and inspiring further study of it. A detailed introduction explains points of historical and stylistic interest. Histories I starts in AD 69, during the civil war after the death of Nero. Tacitus describes the unstable conditions in the Roman Empire, as different generals are elevated by their soldiers to the position of emperor. In the prescribed selection, rebellion and violence break out in the city of Rome, as the Praetorian Guard of the emperor Galba transfer their support to a controversial younger man, Otho. Tacitus vividly portrays the elderly Galba's attempts to maintain order and discipline as power slips from his grasp, while Otho inspires the disorderly soldiers, keeping control only with difficulty over this volatile group of men.
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