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Lesley Dean-Jones, Chair 2210 Speedway, Mail Code C3400, Austin, TX 78712-1738 • 512-471-5742

Fall 2006

LAT 365 • Tacitus

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
33140 MWF
1:00 PM-2:00 PM
WAG 10

Course Description

The Histories was Tacitus' first attempt at a major historical work and, as such, is usually considered only as an apprenticeship for the later Annals; but it is a major work in its own right, it deals with the events of an important period in Roman History (the Year of the Four Emperors), and it does so with no less artistry than Tacitus shows in the Annals. So the prime aim of this class will be to study Histories I and III, for literary and stylistic techniques as much as for historical content. We dip also into a few selected passages from Histories II, but graduate students will be rquired also to read Annals VI (Tiberius' last years). There will be two quizzes during the semester, (concerned primarily with translation and style). As for the final, upper-division students will be expected both to pass another translation/stylistics exam (2 hours) and by that same date to complete and hand in a short research paper (6-8 pages). Graduate students will be required to write a substantial research paper on a substantial topic (20 - 25 pages) by the end of the semester.


Tacitus. Cornelii Taciti Historiarum Libri (Oxford Classical Texts) Tacitus. The Histories (Viking Penguin) Tacitus Cornelii Taciti Annalium Libri (Oxford Classical Texts)385 only


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