Tacitus: Annals V and VI

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Tacitus: Annals V and VI

Aris & Phillips Classical Texts


October 1st, 2001





Books V and VI of Tacitus' Annals , when complete, carried the narrative of Tiberius' reign from A.D. 29 to 37. Unfortunately most of Book V has been lost, but Annals VI, which resumes the narrative 2 weeks after the execution of Sejanus, contains a fascinating variety of incidents. Whereas Suetonius talks of an elderly emperor who discarded all interest in public affairs from the time he retired to Capri, Tacitus portrays a more complex character - one in which cruelty and vice stand alongside a deep concern for Rome's prosperity at home and abroad. Latin text with facing-page translation