LAT 385 • Tacitus
12:00 PM-1:00 PM
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. To illustrate this point, this course will took at two books of the Histories (1 and 3) and two books of the Annals (1 and 11) And both works will be studied for literary techniques no less than for historical content, There will be two quizzes during the semester, (concerned primarily with translation and style) and students will be required to write a substantial research paper (20 - 25 pages) by the end of the semester.
Tacitus. Cornelii Taciti Historiarum Libri (Oxford Classical Texts) Tacitus. Cornelii Taciti Annalium Libri (Oxford Classical Texts)