[about 56 - 120 CE]
Roman historian who is
regarded as one of the finest classical Latin writers. Publius Cornelius
Tacitus was an aristocrat from provincial Gaul who rose to prominence as
an orator & writer in Rome after the death of Domitian.
From a historical perspective his most important works are:
Histories - 14 book
account of the Flavian dynasty (from the death of Nero
to the death of Domitian). Only the first four books & part of the
fifth are still extant.
Annals - 16 volume
annual chronicle of the Julio-Claudian dynasty from the death
to the last years of Nero. Books 7-10 & portions of other books
have been lost. Among the missing sections are the years 30 CE
(the probable year of Jesus' execution) & 66-69 CE
(the period of the Jewish revolt).
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