Ancient History & Civilisation

The Annals of Imperial Rome

The Annals of Imperial Rome

In "The Annals of Imperial Rome", his last and greatest work, Tacitus (AD c.55-c.117) covers the period from AD 14, just before the death of Augustus, to the death of Nero in AD 68. Not all the passages have survived, but in those that have the depth and diversity of genius are manifest. From a vicious, vituperative biography of Tiberius to the more straightforward accounts of Gaius (Caligula), Claudius and Nero, which reveal an extraordinary gift for pictorial description, the Annals carry conviction both as a work of art and as a history.
Michael Grant's tranlation of The Annals is a fine one. It captures the emotional patriotism of Tacitus's moral tone, offset by a lucid understanding that Rome is doomed, and conveys with vigor the lives of the great emperors who laid the foundations of modern Europe.

TRANSLATOR’S INTRODUCTION

1. The Life and Works of Tacitus

2. What Tacitus Inherited

3. Tacitus on Empire and Emperors

4. Tacitus and the World

5. The Style of Tacitus: Translator’s Note

PART ONE: TIBERIUS

Chapter 1. From Augustus to Tiberius

Chapter 2. Mutiny on the Frontiers

Chapter 3. War with the Germans

Chapter 4. The First Treason Trials

Chapter 5. The Death of Germanicus

Chapter 6. Tiberius and the Senate

Chapter 7. ‘Partner of My Labours’

Chapter 8. The Reign of Terror

PART TWO: CLAUDIUS AND NERO

Chapter 9. The Fall of Messalina

Chapter 10. The Mother of Nero

Chapter 11. The Fall of Agrippina

Chapter 12. Nero and his Helpers

Chapter 13. Eastern Settlement

Chapter 14. The Burning of Rome

Chapter 15. The Plot

Chapter 16. Innocent Victims

LISTS OF SOME EASTERN MONARCHS

LIST OF ROMAN EMPERORS

KEY TO TECHNICAL TERMS