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The Agricola of Tacitus; (Macmillan's school class books)

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  • Series: Macmillan's school class books
  • Unknown Binding: 102 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan and Co., Limited (1882)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0008ALJ0C
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Tacitus' Agricola is a biographical eulogy for Britain's most famous Roman governor, Gnaeus Julius Agricola, who is Britain's most famous Roman governor because of Tacitus' Agricola. Tacitus himself (ch 46) noted that this might be the case. As Agricola was his father-in-law and a man he obviously admired no little bit, Agricola gives us not just the professional historian's recounting of his career, but a personal look as well.

As Agricola died at 44 years of age after several years of retirement in Rome, the reader is surprised to see how much the man stuffed into such a short career: a short stay in Britain as a junior officer, a term as a quaestor in Asia, a small but important role in Vespasian's ascent to the purple, a consulship, and then seven years as governor of the Britain. He was finally recalled to Rome by Domitian, where he quietly lay out of the way until his untimely death. Tacitus walks us through each of these events - or rather runs us through them in 46 short chapters - ending with a lamentation not so much for the death of Agricola as for the fact that the senate, of which Tacitus was a member, failed to show the kind of leadership shown by Agricola over the course of his short life in the face of Domitian's reign of terror.

Like in his Germania, Tacitus in Agricola includes valuable material concerning the peoples on the edges of Empire, this time the various tribes of Britons, as he compares the physical characteristics (red hair and large limbs in the case of the Caledonians, swarthy faces and curly hair of the Silures) of the natives with those of the nations that dwelt nearest by sea.
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