University of Michigan Press: December 1999
Tacitus made his debut as a historian with the powerful Histories
, a fundamentally important book for students of the literature and history of Rome in the early imperial period. Long regarded chiefly as a source of historical information about the civil war of 68-69 C.E., it has recently benefited from critical reevaluation. Scholars in the last few years have determined that the form of a work is as important as its contents. Therefore, a closer reading of "historical" works--like the Histories
--has revealed the frequent use of suggestive juxtaposition of episodes, pointed allu... View More...