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Tacitus: Histories Book I (Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics) Paperback – January 20, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-0521578226 ISBN-10: 0521578221

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  • Series: Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics
  • Paperback: 340 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (January 20, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521578221
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521578226
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,463,399 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"[Damon] is consistently sensitive to the needs of her audience. I anticipate that students will appreciate using this commentary, which offers just the right mixture of historical, literary and grammatical support. [Damon's] valuable contribution to the Cambridge series should certainly do much to make Histories I enjoyable for Tacitus' latest generation of readers." Bryn Mawr Classical Review

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Text: Latin, English --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jon Torodash on December 19, 2005
Format: Paperback
Tacitus was a brilliant writer who would have felt at ease in a round table with Toynbee, Mommsen, Hegel, or any of the other historiography giants. If I could score him separately he would undoubtedly receive 5 stars. Jump anywhere into either the Historiae or the Annales and you can immediately recognize his unparalleled command of Latin prose. His relentless attention to word choice and construction bespeaks a continuous and boundless energy which leaves the reader with no desire to pause. The speeches approach Thucydides' rhetorical richness. Well-calculated ambiguities of language, sly moral insinuation, and an engaging multi-linear narrative all coalesce into a largely reliable masterpiece of history. Lastly, Thomas Jefferson admired him as being "the first modern author" and that's gotta count for something.

Damon effectively fleshes out omitted material where Tacitus' style becomes terse and has done wonderful cross-referencing with Suetonius, Cassius Dio, Plutarch, and a few others. She does not often seem as interested in exploring the subtleties of the language as much as the content. Nevertheless, her perceptions shine when pointing out Tacitus' verbal irony between seemingly disparate excerpts in the Historiae.

The only major drawback to this edition of Hist. Liber I is the copy editing. Every single page of the text contained at least one typo, be it a missed space, added space, or letters mistakenly added/dropped. Usually this did not affect comprehension (but I vividly remember when an "e" should have been an "et"!) and having Damon's commentary more than makes up for the egregious publication flaws.
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