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The Annals & The Histories

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Written by TacitusAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Tacitus
Edited by Moses HadasAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Moses Hadas
Translated by Alfred ChurchAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Alfred Church and William BrodribbAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by William Brodribb
Introduction by Shelby FooteAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Shelby Foote

  • Format: Trade Paperback, 640 pages
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  • Publisher: Modern Library
  • On Sale: April 8, 2003
  • Price: $17.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-8129-6699-2 (0-8129-6699-6)
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Cornelius Tacitus brilliantly 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.

The Annals commence in a.d. 14, at the death of Augustus, recounting the reigns of Tiberius, Gaius (Caligula), Claudius, and Nero, and conclude in a.d. 68, the year of Nero’s suicide. The Histories document the tumultuous year a.d. 69, when Emperors Galba, Otho, and Vitellius all perished in quick succession, ushering in Vespasian’s ten-year reign.

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.” This Modern Library Paperback Classic includes newly commissioned endnotes.


“An immortal work, every sentence of which is pregnant with the deepest observations and the most lively images.” —Edward Gibbon