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Product Details

  • Series: Modern Library Classics
  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Modern Library; New edition edition (April 8, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812966996
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812966992
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1.1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #405,379 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Latin

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60 of 68 people found the following review helpful By K. Kehler on June 24, 2003
Format: Paperback
Lest there be some confusion about the 2 stars I've given this book: Tacitus is fantastic and fascinating. So don't reproach me for SEEMING to criticize Tacitus, when my target here is the translation. (On the subject of reproach, Tacitus himself wrote: "To show resentment at a reproach is to acknowledge that one may have had it coming.") In fact, I think very highly of the incomparable Roman historian. Gibbon, among many others, loves him and so do I. However, this superficially handsome volume from The Modern Library (containing both The Histories and The Annals), does not do justice to Tacitus at all. These translations cannot be recommended, in spite of the praise lavished on them by the general editor. The Annals is barely acceptable but no more than that, and The Histories is inferior. No, the interested reader would be better off to consult the scintillating translation by W. H. Fyfe (revised by his editor, D. S. Levene) of The Histories, published by Oxford as a paperback in 1997. Tacitus' renown -- looking at his style rather than his content -- comes from his acerbic wit, pithy remarks and lucid analytical sentences. To get a truer sense of his abilities, look to another translation.
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By Paul on June 12, 2014
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Tacitus, while very wordy and a bit of a gossip, this selection is used as a primary source for the imperial Roman period.
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By D D White on December 2, 2014
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Great price! Very good condition. We are enjoying this book!
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jady Lee on April 22, 2013
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I have only read a few chapters of The Annals & The Histories - by Tacitus - and what a blood-thirsty lot those Romans were - however, they didn't bother with slanging matches against those they didn't like - they simply killed them! I don't suppose this method would be acceptable today!
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