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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Hackett Pub Co (September 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0872205584
  • ISBN-13: 978-0872205581
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #544,852 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Latin --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.

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A. J. Woodman is Basil L. Gildersleeve Professor of Classics, University of Virginia.

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By EKML on April 22, 2006
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although tacitus has never been a favorite latin author of mine, he is the most valuable literary source we have for the reign of the emperor nero (AD 54-68). his latin, however, is not easy to read, and thus, a student new to ancient history may be discouraged to continue exploring the roman empire. this translation provides the student with both the tale hidden in tacitus' difficult latin, and with the insight into the mind of the historiographer. the english translation is almost tacitean in its density, but never so complex that it the reader gets lost. it is close enough to the latin original for a reader who is already acquainted with tacitus' latin to be able to appreciate it, and yet it is not overwhelming (which tacitus tends to be in latin). it is by far the best translation of tacitus I have come across, and I recommend it wholeheartedly. the commentary is useful, and the translator has done a great deal of research on his topic. well done indeed.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ian J. Miller on March 20, 2012
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The text covers the early imperium of Tiberius through to the end of Nero's, however about half is lost. Since there is no point in my reviewing Tacitus (you either want to read it or you do not) I am reviewing this version. While Tacitus' views were probably tainted through living through Domitian's imperium he draws what is probably the only available picture of life for the aristocracy of Rome during the period.

This version has a good price and the text is translated. For the picky, some oddities should have been edited out, such as "prAetor", and the odd italicized note such as "Latin". Slightly more importantly, Tacitus wrote rather dense prose, with some rather long sentences. Latin is a condensed language and English usually requires about 30% more words to say the same thing. By retaining Tacitus' sentence structure, together with an overuse of commas, in parts it reads somewhat awkwardly and sometimes you have to read a sentence more than once to be certain what it means. Also, issues related to the imperia and presented for Victorians could mislead. However these are really minor issues.

More important is that Tacitus wrote for Romans, and he glossed over what would be obvious to them. They are not obvious to current readers, and this would usually result in the translator adding footnotes. There are none in this edition. (Tacitus wrote in short numbered sections, and explanatory footnotes could be placed at the end of these sections.) If you simply want the text and can put up with some flaws, then this is good value. If you are less confident and would like additional explanatory material, then perhaps you should try a more expensive edition.
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