The Histories   -     By: Cornelius Tacitus
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The Histories

Penguin Classics / 1964 / Paperback

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The end of Nero's reign was the beginning of the reign of four emperors in a single year: the martinet Glaba; the conspirator Otho; the dandy Vitellius; and the hedonist Vespasian, who would eventually establish the Flavian dynasty. The historian Tacitus writes thirty years after the events, providing a detailed account of history in terms of human wisdom and folly, chance and fate. 348 pages, softcover.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 336
Vendor: Penguin Classics
Publication Date: 1964
ISBN: 0140441506
ISBN-13: 9780140441505

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In AD 68, Nero's suicide marked the end of the first dynasty of imperial Rome. The following year was one of drama and danger, with four emperors—Galba, Otho, Vitellius, and Vespasian—emerging in succession. Based on authoritative sources, The Histories vividly recounts the details of the "long but single year" of revolution that brought the Roman empire to the brink of collapse.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

Author Bio

Tacitus studied rhetoric in Rome and rose to eminence as a pleader at the Roman Bar. In 77 he married the daughter of Agricola, conqueror of Britain, of whom he later wrote a biography. His works include the Germania and the Historiae.

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