Publius (or Gaius) Cornelius Tacitus (c. AD 56 – c. 120)


Statue of Tacitus, the Roman Historian and Politician

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1. Annales

2. Agricola


Publius Cornelius Tacitus was a leading advocate of senatorial historiography. Known for the brilliance of his style and sharp moral judgments, Tacitus lived from 56 to 120 A.D. His two most famous works are the Histories and the Annals.


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A copy of the second Medicean manuscript of Annals


In this series, Prof. Noe looks at “Agricola” by Publius Cornelius Tacitus. Tacitus was an aristocratic Roman historian who lived and wrote during the first and second century A.D. “Agricola” is both a biography of Tacitus’ father-in-law, who was a general and governor in Roman Britain, and an ethnography of the British Isles.

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