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 TACITUS - LoveToKnow Article on TACITUS   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Tacitus, who ranks beyond dispute in the highest place among men of letters of all ages, lived through the reigns of the emperors Nero, Galba, Otho, Vitellius, Vespasian, Titus, Domitian, Nerva and Trajan.
The prosecution was successful, and both Tacitus and Pliny received a special vote of thanks from the senate for their conduct of the case.
It is worth noticing that the emperor Tacitus in the 3rd century claimed descent from him, and directed that ten copies of his works should be made every year and deposited in the public libraries.
51.1911encyclopedia.org /T/TA/TACITUS.htm   (653 words)

 Gaius Cornelius Tacitus Info - Encyclopedia WikiWhat.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
His writings are filled with tales of corruption and tyranny in the governing class of Rome as they failed to adjust to the new imperial régime; they squandered their cherished cultural traditions of free speech and self-respect as they fell over themselves to please the often bemused (and rarely benign) emperor.
Tacitus uses what he reports of the German character as a kind of 'noble savage' as a comparison to contemporary Romans and their (in his eyes) 'degeneracy'.
Tacitus survived a reign of terror and from a senator he advanced to the consulship in AD Fifteen years later he held the highest civilian governorship, that of the Roman province of Asia in Western Anatolia.
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 Introductory Note. Tacitus. 1909-14. Voyages and Travels: Ancient and Modern. The Harvard Classics
Tacitus was apparently of the equestrian class, was an advocate by training, and had a reputation as an orator, though none of his speeches has survived.
The two chief works of Tacitus, the “Annals”; and the “Histories,”; covered the history of Rome from the death of Augustus to A. 96; but the greater part of the “Histories”; is lost, and the fragment that remains deals only with the year 69 and part of 70.
Tacitus stands in the front rank of the historians of antiquity for the accuracy of his learning, the fairness of his judgments, the richness, concentration, and precision of his style.
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 Marcus Claudius Tacitus - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
During his brief reign he set on foot some domestic reforms, and sought to revive the authority of the senate, but, after a victory over the Alans near the Palus Maeotis, he was assassinated at Tyana in Cappadocia.
Tacitus, besides being a man of immense wealth (which he bequeathed to the state) had considerable literary culture, and was proud to claim descent from the historian Gaius Cornelius Tacitus, whose works he caused to be transcribed at the public expense and placed in the public libraries.
Quite the contrary, evidence (from coins, for example) indicates that Tacitus was just another military emperor, whose only distiction from other short-lived emperors of the time was his attempt to cultivate the image of a learned man.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Marcus_Claudius_Tacitus   (329 words)

 Malaspina Great Books - Tacitus (55 CE)
Tacitus is one of the earliest and most important of the authors who described early Latvian mythology, though his conclusions are suspect because he did not speak the language and did not stay in Latvia long.
Tacitus, who ranks beyond dispute in the highest place among men of letters of all ages, lived through the reigns of the emperors Nero,; Galba, Otho,; Vitellius, Vespasian,; Titus,; Domitian,; Nerva and Trajan.
Tacitus was probably never a popular author; to be understood and appreciated he must be read again and again, or the point of some of his acutest remarks will be quite missed.
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 Tacitus and Tiberius   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Tacitus' description of the maiestas trial of Falanius and Rubrius also proves Tiberius' clear-minded impartiality (I.72), while Tiberius' advice to the public after the death of Germanicus that "Princes were mortal; the State was everlasting" (III.6), contrary to illustrating his jealousy of Germanicus, shows his practical-mindedness, or even his dignitas.
Tacitus report that he led the armies well, that he balanced the imperial budget, that he chose good administrators, that (except in a handful of treason trials) he enforced the laws, and that he did not raise taxes.
Indeed, Tacitus records fewer than a hundred treason trials in the twenty-three years of Tiberius' reign, and what is referred to at the end of Tiberius' reign as continual slaughter was actually a handful of judicial executions and seven suicides in three years (6).
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Once Tacitus learnt of his elevation to the throne he left for Rome, to accept the senate's confirmation of position in person.
With Tacitus taking power there was the promise of dynastic rule and the stability which accompanies it.
Tacitus' desire include his family in influential positions also showed, when he made his half-brother, Florian, praetorian prefect.
www.roman-empire.net /decline/tacitus.html   (483 words)

 Roman Emperors - DIR Tacitus
Although the Franks, Alamanni, and Longiones posed threats in the north, Tacitus determined that the greater danger lay in the East.
Tacitus held the consulship at least twice, first in 273 and again in 276.
The first is the six-month interregnum said to have intervened between the death of Aurelian and Tacitus' accession.
www.roman-emperors.org /tacitus.htm   (1690 words)

 Cornelius Tacitus
Tacitus was an aristocrat through and through, the son of a member of the privileged Roman "knight" class.
Tacitus seemed to suffer from an internal struggle between his meagre respect for public order and his growing hatred of the evils of authoritarianism and power-politics.
Tacitus had the advantage of some perspective; he wrote some time after the events in question, and had access to state Roman records as well as the memories of some of the people involved.
www.interlog.com /~gilgames/tacitus.htm   (1432 words)

 Tacitus and Jesus. Christ Myth Refuted. Did Jesus Exist? A Christian Response
Tacitus would not have had permission to consult the imperial archives, and even if he did, it was not his regular practice to consult written documents.
Tacitus was well-respected, a man who "won renown quickly," and "seemed of all the eminent men then active the most worthy of imitation." His reputation was such that in a letter of recommendation for a particular young man, Pliny indicates that being a friend of Tacitus is considered to be a sign of high quality.
Tacitus is content to use the rumors to besmirch by association Livia and Tiberius who, whatever their failings, never displayed the deranged malice of an Agrippina and a Nero.
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I. The poetic diction of Tacitus, and its fabrication in the Annals.
Tacitus wrote as he did, from having a profounder knowledge of the springs of action in the political world than the author of the Annals.
Tacitus then seems to have thought that if he inserted speeches, he would be maintaining the majesty of history by attending to great matters, but that if he inserted letters, as they refer generally to private affairs, he would be faulty as an historian, by ceasing to be grave and becoming trifling.
www.gutenberg.org /dirs/etext05/8tcbr10.txt   (10373 words)

 tacitus biblio
Marincola, "Tacitus' Prefaces and the Decline of Imperial Historiography" Latomus 58 (1999) 391­404.
McDougall, "Tacitus and the Portrayal of the Elder Agrippina," EMC 25 (1981) 104­108.
Roberts, "The Revolt of Boudicca (Tacitus, Annals 14.29­39) and the Assertion of Libertas in Neronian Rome," AJP 109 (1988) 118­132.
classics.rutgers.edu /tacitus_biblio.htm   (1365 words)

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 Britannia Perdomita: The Heroic Landscape of Tacitus's Britain
Tacitus asserts that it is by virtue of Gnaeus Agricola's exploration that the northern edges of the island are known to the Romans.
Tacitus goes so far as to claim that it is only by Gnaeus Agricola's exploits that the Romans can be sure that Britain is in fact an island at all, and not a peninsula belonging to a larger landmass.
Tacitus describes a world, Britain, where Gnaeus Agricola was able to achieve notable success while adhering to principles of endurance, modesty, and obedience.
ccat.sas.upenn.edu /~otherw/writs/sobak.html   (597 words)

 Hypotyposeis: Tacitus, Josephus, and Eusebius
I'm not sure I believe that Tacitus had to use Josephus, or that similarities are anything more than those inevitable when two people recount what is basically the same story, however they heard it.
Tacitus has a great reputation for studying the sources, and Josephus's Antiquities was available to him.
Since Tacitus does not demonstrating any knowledge of Jesus that could not have obtained from Josephus, the most parsimonious solution for Tactitus's source for this information is not some nebulous and unsubstantiated "pool of common knowledge" but Josephus's work itself.
www.hypotyposeis.org /weblog/2004/12/tacitus-josephus-and-eusebius.html   (1656 words)

 LRB | Mary Beard : Four-Day Caesar   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Tacitus is now generally seen as the most acute, cynical and hard-headed ancient analyst of Roman political power, although there is little evidence to suggest that his books were widely read in the ancient world (and quite a lot to suggest the reverse).
An even stronger flavour of Tacitus' style of history comes with the scene of the adoption of Piso, where he puts into the mouth of Galba a lengthy speech justifying not only the selection of Piso but the whole principle of adoption as a means of finding an heir to the throne.
Further into Tacitus' narrative of 69, the dilemmas are acted out yet more horribly in the appalling massacre of the civilians of Cremona who get caught in the crossfire between rival camps.
www.lrb.co.uk /v26/n02/bear01_.html   (3143 words)

 Master: Tacitus
Tacitus drew on previous historical works, on public records, and on his own experience.
While the authenticity of some of Tacitus' earlier works is in question, the Annals are generally regarded as both authentic and historically accurate.
Tacitus mentions Christ in the context of persecution of the Christians under Nero:
cr.middlebury.edu /public/russian/Bulgakov/public_html/Tacitus.html   (180 words)

 Tacitus: Nero's persecution of the Christians
Tacitus was a fierce critic of Nero, and modern scholars have questioned the reliability of his account of this notorious Roman Emperor; but the following passage from his Annals is famous because it is one of the first mentions in a non-Christian source of Christianity.
Tacitus claims that Nero tried to shift the blame to the unpopular Christians, though other sources indicate that their persecution may have been unconnected to the fire.
Whatever their exact cause this early persecution and later ones made a profound impact on the Christian Church, and bequeathed a legacy of colorful tales of martyred saints who were celebrated in story, song, and art for the next two millenia, long after the Church had triumphed over its opponents.
www.wsu.edu:8080 /~wldciv/world_civ_reader/world_civ_reader_1/tacitus.html   (566 words)

 Cornelius Tacitus
Rather, it could be that Tacitus relied upon a report that described the Christian sect and their classification as a religio prava.
On (5), it may be suggested that Tacitus didn't expend considerable effort but rather had a servant find what could be found on the Christian sect (not necessarily on Jesus), which would have included the report on their classification as a religio prava.
On (3), Tacitus is giving merely the briefest account of the origin of the name Christian and so cannot be expected to mention such Christian doctrines.
www.earlychristianwritings.com /tacitus.html   (1531 words)

 Josh McDowell's "Evidence" for Jesus -- Is It Reliable?
Mellor concludes that Tacitus "scorned or merely ignored" the Jews, Christians, and other religious groups.[98] Since the historicity of Jesus was not in doubt at the time Tacitus wrote and since Tacitus' reference to Christus is entirely incidental, Tacitus would have had no motive for investigating the historicity of Jesus.
Mellor writes, "Tacitus is content to use the rumors to besmirch by association Livia and Tiberius who, whatever their failings, never displayed the deranged malice of an Agrippina and a Nero." That is to say, Tacitus identified a rumor as such in order to slander the reputations of Livia and Tiberius.
Tacitus' off-hand reference to the crucifixion of 'Christus' (which presupposes the historicity of that 'Christus') did not serve that rhetorical role.
www.infidels.org /library/modern/jeff_lowder/jury/chap5.html   (12756 words)

 Harvard University Press: Agricola. Germania. Dialogue on Oratory
Tacitus (Cornelius), famous Roman historian, was born in AD 55, 56 or 57 and lived to about 120.
He became an orator, married in 77 a daughter of Julius Agricola before Agricola went to Britain, was quaestor in 81 or 82, a senator under the Flavian emperors, and a praetor in 88.
Tacitus is renowned for his development of a pregnant concise style, character study, and psychological analysis, and for the often terrible story which he brilliantly tells.
www.hup.harvard.edu /catalog/L035.html   (339 words)

 The Rhine River: Tacitus
I am still puzzled by Tacitus evaluation of German women, whom he describes as sharing in the rewards and burdens of warfare, but who are also judged harshly by the law.
The woman must not think that she is excluded from aspirations to manly virtues or exempt from the hazards of warfare.
The landscape that Tacitus describes is unforgiving, probably to the point of not worth having.
rhineriver.blogspot.com /2005/03/tacitus.html   (580 words)

 Find Tacitus at myEweb.com
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A history of the Roman Empire by Tacitus, written 109 AD and translated into English by Alfred John Church and William Jackson Brodribb.
Tacitus poses an even greater challenge than volume to the...
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 Medieval Sourcebook: Tacitus: Germania
Tacitus, an important Roman historian, wrote the most detailed early description of the Germans at then end of the first century CE..
Tacitus goes on to give a geographical account of the locations of the main German tribes.
The second part, in which Tacitus gives a geographical account of the locations of the main German tribes is from the 18th-century translation by Thomas Gordon.
www.fordham.edu /halsall/source/tacitus1.html   (9535 words)

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