Tacitus: The Histories

Version: Unabridged
Author: Caius Cornelius Tacitus
Narrator: Frederick Davidson , James Adams
Genres: History, Non-Fiction, Ancient Civilizations
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Published In: April 2008
# of Units: 8 CDs
Length: 10 hours
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Tacitus, a Roman orator and public official, describes and interprets his own period, beginning with the political tumult following Nero's death in a.d. 69 and ending at the close of the Flavian dynasty thirty years later.

Reviews (1)

Blow-by-Blow Guide to a Bad Year for Rome

Written by Nancy on May 2nd, 2018

  • Book Rating: 3/5

A suitably dry reading of Tacitus' detailed account of the horrible Year of the Four Emperors that followed the death of Nero. The history is rather hard to follow---for one thing, you just get to know a guy before he is killed by his own soldiers or executed or some such. It helps to have some previous knowledge of the period. A map for easy occasional reference would also help. I suggest that before starting this one, the listener read a brief encyclopedia-type article on the time. An enjoyable bit of extra reading (or listening) would be Lindsey Davis's Falco detective stories---set in the principate of that old skinflint Vespasian, who ended up as winner.

Author Details

Author Details

Tacitus, Caius Cornelius

Gaius Cornelius Tacitus (c. AD 56-117) was a senator and a historian of the Roman Empire. The surviving portions of his two major works--the Annals and the Histories--examine the reigns of the Roman Emperors Tiberius, Claudius, Nero, and those who reigned in the Year of the Four Emperors (AD 69). His other writings discuss oratory, Germania, and the life of his father-in-law, Agricola, the Roman general responsible for much of the Roman conquest of Britain. Considered one of the greatest Roman historians, Tacitus lived in what has been called the Silver Age of Latin