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    For all the detail Tacitus goes in to this is a fast paced introduction to a turbulent year in Roman history Emperor Nero has recently committed suicide and has been replaced by the elderly Galba who in short order is murdered by Otho who seizes the imperial crown only to commit suicide himself when Vitellius declares himself Emperor and marches on Rome defeating Otho's army with an army drawn from the Rhineland frontier but Vitellius does

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    A Feast of Thrones29 June 2016 Tacitus' Annals of Imperial Rome with all of its political maneuverng backstabbing plotting and of course sex was there sex in the Annals? Actually I'm not really all that sure it's not like it was some sort of

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    A meaningless rating that just means I didn't really enjoy reading this but I'm glad I did There's just too much movement of arms and men in the story Tacitus tells to really grab me too many generals moving and shaking W

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    Well there goes the last major work of Tacitus Over the last month and a bit its been a fun experience going through the An

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    ”I am entering on the history of a period rich in disasters frightful in its wars torn by civil strife and even in peace full of horrors Four emperors perished by the sword There were three civil wars; there were with foreign enemies; there were often wars that had both characters at onceNever surely did terrible calamities of the Roman People or evidence conclusive prove that the Gods take no thought for our happiness but on

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    3 Stars Good bookLots of information in a pretty small book The amount of information was slightly overwhelming but overall fascinating Tacitus takes us back to aftermath of the fall of Nero He gives us a detailed history of Galba Oth

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    It's like a soap opera but with swords Part II

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    Excellent background for reading Lindsay Davis’s mystery series about a Roman detective—Tacitus is relating the story of the turbulence after Nero’s death when there was no clear line of succession to the position of

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    After defeat in battle Otho commits suicide and Vitellius is proclaimed emperor An unrestrained hedonist he and his forces fall into despicable practices in Italy Vespasian is persuaded to proclaim himself emperor by his supporters and immediately gains the support of the Egyptian middle Eastern and Asian parts of the empire while the Balkan legions angry at their treatment by Vitellius join him Vespasian and h

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    35 Stars“Mighty and wretched Rome had endured an Otho and Vitellius in the same year and suffered every variety of humiliations at the hands of men like Vinius Fabius Icelus and Asiaticus until finally Mucianus and Marcellus succeeded them fresh faces rather than a new outlook”Mighty and wretched Tacitus writes almost like a dramatist T

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Excerpt from The Histories Of Caius Cornelius Tacitus With Notes For CollegesIR this Revised Edition the text and the notes have been carefully collated With those of Ritter in his new edition bonn and Cambridge and such corrections and additions as were deemed just and important have been adopted from this source I cannot however by any means accept the many gratuitous emendations and dogmatic assertions which disfig nre and depreciate this otherwise excellent commentary Other corrections and improvements have. A Feast of Thrones29 June 2016 Tacitus Annals of Imperial Rome with all of its political maneuverng backstabbing plotting and of course sex was there sex in the Annals Actually I m not really all that sure it s not like it was some sort of Roman novel it was a history and from my experience the Histories tend to be nowhere near as sexually explicit as the one and a half Roman novels that we have reminded me a lot of an episode or a season or the entire show of A Game of Thrones or at least the television series since I haven t read the book Well now we come to the seuel which isn t actually a seuel because Tacitus wrote the Histories before he wrote the Annals but it pretty much starts where the Annals end or at least where it was supposed to end if somebody hadn t lost it Also like the Annals and the Song of Fire and Ice the Histories are also unfinished it fact from what I gather we only have about 30% of the Histories namely because some monk in the 10th century found it and thought it might be a good idea to preserve it it was just that he couldn t remember where he placed the remaining parts of the book Mind you it s probably not a bad thing that we have lost the remaining parts of the Histories because it is supposed to chronicle the period between Nero s fall and well up to the point that Tacitus decided to start writing the Histories or even up to the point where he finished writing the Histories because we can be assured that history didn t stop simply to allow Tacitus to chronicle it Mind you the part of the book that is missing sounds as if it was emperor ascends throne emperor does emperorish things emperor dies next emperor ascends the throne and so on and so forth Well maybe the scene where they decide that Domitian is a bit of a prick and decide they want to kill him might have been interesting but it probably doesn t beat the murder of Caligulia and the praetorian guards then dragging Claudius out from the closet kicking and screaming and crowning him emperor not that we have that section of the Annals because you guessed it some monk lost it So you might be wondering what the connection between the Histories and Game of Thrones is other than the fact that both are unfinished Well from what I recall from the television series I haven t read the books and am unlikely to do so because well with the number of books on my too read list they sort of find themselves on the might get to one day in the future if I can be bothered and if George R R Martin bothers to finish them pile when Eddard Stark is murdered the armies of the North rise up in rebellion against Kings Landing and the two Baratheon brothers also rise up in rebellion and there is a forth dude rising up in rebellion as well not that I can remember who it was because it was a while ago when I watched the second and third seasons and we entered a period known as the war of five kings where people are running all over Westeros pretty much killing each other at will as if anything else happens in Westeros Well a similar thing happens when Nero abdicates the throne and then kills himself I believe though since I haven t read the end of the Annals because some Monk lost it I am only going by some pretty shocking TV mini series that I watched about Nero and according to the mini series Nero killed himself the Romans suddenly realise that there actually isn t anybody to take over from him because Nero doesn t have any heirs not that he Romans particularly wanted a Neronian heir to take the throne if their father was anything to go by so some guy named Galba takes the throne but another guy named Otho objects kicks him out and installs himself as emperor However some guy named Vitellius objects goes to war against Otho kicks him out and takes the throne and then Vespasian who is busy crushing a Jewish uprising in the east marches his troops over to the Italian Peninsula leaving his son Titus to mop up the mess and goes to war with Vitellius Vitellius then decides that being emperor isn t as crash hot as he thought it was going to be and attempts to abdicate except the people of Rome refuse and force him back into the Palace where he is subseuently defeated by Vespasian As you can probably tell Rome was pretty chaotic around this time In fact after 70 to 80 odd years of stability with a few mad emperors to make things interesting including one who made a horse a senator though a horse would probably do a better job that half the senators we have today hey lets start nominating horses for the senate though Michael Moore did try that with a Ficus and unfortunately it didn t work we ended up getting stuck with a politician instead the entire Roman experiment looks like it it was pretty much on the verge of collapse much like the EU experiment is today Actually Rome s enemies saw it as much especially over the Rhine in Germanica because the Germans suddenly launched an invasion of Gaul or at least the provinces of Upper and Lower Germania during this time So when the Histories aren t talking about the Romans going at each other its talking about the Germans invading Rome and causing them no end of trouble Actually it wasn t just the Germans who saw an opportunity because the Jews who didn t particularly like the Romans despite everything the Romans had done for them decided that it might be a pretty good idea of go to war against the Romans and liberate their country As it turned out despite the fact that Rome was embroiled in an almost never ending civil war it still seemed as if they were able to hold out on their own Mind you it probably at a lot to do with Vespasian being a pretty strong and capable leader as he was able to bring peace to the Empire and then not only drive back the Germans but also crush the Jews and to bring grain to the city to ward off starvation As we know after this one dreadful year known as the Year of the Four Emperors Rome when on to last for another 150 odd years One final interesting thing is what Tacitus says about the Jews It is actually really interesting hearing the theories of the Jewish origins from the point of view of a Roman Mind you having had the Old Testament history drummed down my through for most of my life reading Tacitus opinion makes me want to scream out in objection however what we are seeing are suppositions coming from somebody who lived at the time giving us a rundown on the various beliefs at the time which I believe helps us understand much better how the Jews were perceived by the Romans The other thing is that it provides a background for the Jewish War Up until I read the Histories this is the second time I didn t realise that the Jewish revolt and the Roman civil war occurred around the same time In fact it is my belief that the civil war that broke out after Nero s fall actually provided the catalyst for the Jewish revolt It certainly does put things into perspective

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KscomThis book is a reproduction of an important historical work Forgotten Books uses state of the art technology to digitally reconstruct the work preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy In rare cases an imperfection in the original such as a blemish or missing page may be replicated in our edition We do however repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works. After defeat in battle Otho commits suicide and Vitellius is proclaimed emperor An unrestrained hedonist he and his forces fall into despicable practices in Italy Vespasian is persuaded to proclaim himself emperor by his supporters and immediately gains the support of the Egyptian middle Eastern and Asian parts of the empire while the Balkan legions angry at their treatment by Vitellius join him Vespasian and his commanders in particular Mucianus and Antonius launch an offensive defeat Vitellius and take Rome Vitellius is executed in the same place where Vitellius watched Vespasians brother murderWith Vespasians acension to principate the year of the 4 emperors ends and the Flavian dynasty established

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Also been made which have been suggested by use of the book in classes or to which my attention has been called whether by private correspond ence or by notices and reviews in the public journals I have been especially indebted to the critical acumen and accurate scholarship of my friend Mr Charles Short of Roxbury wri ting in the Bibliotheca Sacra for not a few valuable sugges tions and amendmentsAbout the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books Find at wwwforgottenboo. I am entering on the history of a period rich in disasters frightful in its wars torn by civil strife and even in peace full of horrors Four emperors perished by the sword There were three civil wars there were with foreign enemies there were often wars that had both characters at onceNever surely did terrible calamities of the Roman People or evidence conclusive prove that the Gods take no thought for our happiness but only for our punishment The Histories Book IThe Histories are an account of the Year of the Four Emperors 69 AD by the Roman Historian Tacitus Unlike most Roman histories including Tacitus own Annals the book doesn t cover a broad slice of history instead diving deep into a specific period of crisis This is partly by chance the Histories originally covered the entire Flavian Dynasty 69 to 96 AD but only the first few books have survived down to the modern era Still the heightened focus on a smaller period probably makes this Tacitus most inviting book for modern readers An Empire DividedTacitus has an excellent eye for detail and a great sense of the dramatic and he s at his best in the Histories The story itself is naturally compelling After the death of Nero the most powerful empire in the world underwent a period of crisis where three pretenders fell in uick succession before Vespasian seized power and was finally able to stop the bloodshed sort of like A Game of Thrones with togas His writing is famously fun to read thanks to the knack Tacitus has for inserting memorable little aphorisms and moral judgments on Licinius Mucianus he was the sort of man who found it congenial to make an emperor than to be one Ancient historians considered it acceptable even necessary to insert speeches into the mouths of their subjects in order to liven up the narrative and Tacitus was one of the best at this Take this speech he shoves into Otho s mouth So the state takes its stand here over there against us are the enemies of that state Do you really imagine that this most beautiful city depends on mansions buildings and piles of masonry These are dumb lifeless things and one or all can fall or be rebuilt The survival of our empire peace between the nations and your life as well as mine find a firm support in the continued preservation of the senate The senatorial order was solemnly instituted by the patriarch and founder of our city From the regal period up to the principate it has survived in unbroken continuity We received it from our fathers Let us as surely transmit it to our sons Book IV73Good stuff Tacitus also has a way of conveying the horror of civil war his description of the decapitation of political victims and the way the victim s relatives would pay a ransom to recover the heads in order to keep them from becoming trophies was particularly chilling Tacitus language can be naturally disapproving even cynical on the Germans they use liberty and other fine phrases as their pretexts for invading Gaul Indeed nobody has ever desired to enslave others and gain dominance for himself without using this very same language This fits in perfectly with his choice of subject here which offers up plenty of examples of human follyThe Histories are also notable for Tacitus controversial description of the Jews Before winning the principate Vespasian was fighting Jewish rebels in Judea which leads Tacitus to a discursion on Judaism early in Book V Tacitus opinions are not particularly well informed in this area and he comes across sounding like a bit of a bigot But the passage is valuable as a window into how Romans perceived Jewish culture and helps shed some light into why the two peoples butted heads so fiercely in the 1st and 2nd centuries Overall this book is ancient history at its finest The Annals is generally considered Tacitus masterpiece but for my money the Histories is the author s best surviving work and the second best ancient history I ve read behind Thucydides History of the Peloponnesian War 45 stars highly recommended