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The Histories [Kindle Edition]

Tacitus
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" In all the records of Rome there can scarcely be another year that is so full of calamity, or that displays so clearly the strength and weakness of the Romans."
-Kenneth Wellesley, from his original introduction to "The Histories"

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" In all the records of Rome there can scarcely be another year that is so full of calamity, or that displays so clearly the strength and weakness of the Romans."
-Kenneth Wellesley, from his original introduction to "The Histories"

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 479 KB
  • Print Length: 235 pages
  • Publisher: Acheron Press (14 Oct 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009XH5XQW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,314 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Extensive coverage of the Year of Four Emperors 16 July 2001
Format:Paperback
Tacitus (ca 56-120) was not only a great contemporary historian but the statesman who earned both consulship (AD 97) and governorship (AD 112). So he was uniquely positioned to give us the overview of the intricate behind the scene politics of Roman Empire.

"The Histories" covers the years AD 69-70. Other parts (up to AD 96) have been lost in the turmoil of history. Nevertheless the book gives us superb coverage of the Year of Four Emperors. All those emperors were "made" by army. Since then the involvement of army in the politics became sorrow pattern in the Roman empire that destabilized the political situation and allowed few emperors to die natural death.

The book is not very easily readable as the style of the translator seems to be a bit "heavy". I read "Annals" translated by Michael Grant and found that Tacitus can be better translated.
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4.0 out of 5 stars nice read 9 Sep 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Good read for all those who like to read about how the past shaped our future. I do not wish to say any moe , other than get rid of your minimum word limit
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5.0 out of 5 stars Reference Extraordinnaire 19 April 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This was purchased along with The Annals of Imperial Rome and is an excellent reference book, very interesting and informative.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good book 4 April 2013
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Another book which I have been meaning to read ever since I can remember. I am glad to own it, and feel it is essential reading for me
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5.0 out of 5 stars Robbo 9 Feb 2013
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Format:Kindle Edition
This is a great book about a great roman historian who was renowned for his character study and for the often terrible story he tells
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