The Annals of Imperial Rome
TIPS FOR READERS
The Penguin edition
with translation from
Michael Grant is
inexpensive, easy to
find, and very well
Focusing on the Roman empire following the death of Caesar
Augustus, especially the reigns of Tiberius and Nero, Tacitus
presents a profound and dispiriting inquiry into the collapse of
democratic values. The corrupting influence of power, the
degradation and impotence of the Senate and other democratic
institutions, the sycophancy and intrigues and decadence -- all
these are probed with unflinching honesty by the great
historian. In a better world, this work would be required
reading for all politicians, a cautionary tale with too much
relevance for our modern lives.
The Annals of Tacitus can be found on-line here.
Here are useful maps to consult in conjunction with a reading of
This interesting account discusses the manuscripts of Tacitus's
works along with a refutation of the claim that the historian's
writings were forged in by Poggio Bracciolini in the 14nth
Was Tacitus unfair in his scathing account of Emperor Tiberius?
Check out this site.