The annales of Cornelius Tacitus. The description of St. Germanie. (bound with) The end of Nero and...

The annales of Cornelius Tacitus. The description of St. Germanie. (bound with) The end of Nero and beginning of Galba

TACITUS, C. Cornelius

Published by J. Norton, London, 1605
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Historiated woodcut chapter initials and a full page engraving in the second work. Contemporary calf, re-backed and re-cornered, with portions of the original spine laid down; some minor marginal dampstains and light soiling, but generally an excellent copy with contemporary inscriptions to title. From the library of Charles Tyler Prouty, with his bookplate as well as the armorial bookplate of Thomas Merriman. Third edition in English of both books, the first part of the Annales translated by Richard Greenway, and the second on the End of Nero and Life of Agricola by Henry Savile, which was dedicated to the Queen. The Annales was Tacitus' final work, covering the period from the death of Augustus Caesar in the year 14, and the reigns of the four succeeding Roman emperors, Tiberius, Caligula and Claudius. The remaining parts treat the reign of Nero to connect with the Histories. Germania is an ethnographic study of Central Europe in which Tacitus compares the decadence of Rome with the virility of the barbarians. The Histories treat the period from Nero's death in A.D. 68 to A.D. 96. Tacitus' Agricola, written in about A.D. 98, is described as "semi-biographical, moral eulogy of a personage" - - in this case, his father-in-law, with history and a description of Britain.Tacitus comes from the Greco-Roman tradition of writers of history whose purpose is as much to promote a moral agenda using rhetorical flourishes as it is to record facts. Little is known for certain about the origins of Tacitus, although he is believed to have been born around A.D. 56, in Gaul (modern France) or nearby, in the Roman province of Transalpine Gaul, into a provincial aristocratic family. He had a successful political course, becoming senator, consul, and eventually governor of the Roman province of Asia. He chronicles the moral decline and rampant civil unrest in the Roman Empire in a period when the earliest foundations of modern Europe were being laid. According to historian Will Durant, "we must rank Tacitus among the greatest . . . the portraits he draws stand out more clearly, stride the stage more livingly than any others in historical literature.". Bookseller Inventory # 12749

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Title: The annales of Cornelius Tacitus. The ...

Publisher: J. Norton, London

Publication Date: 1605

Edition: Third edition in English of both books.

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