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.
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 emperorsGalba, Otho, Vitellius, and Vespasianemerging 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.
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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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