Category Archives: Tacitus

Tacitus Annals 1.61-62 (contributed by Sophie Mansell)

Who is not left with a lingering image of the whitening bones after reading this passage? It provides a haunting break in the narrative of Annals I as Germanicus and his men survey the wasted battlefield of the Teutoburg Forest. People with the army point out the various parts of the camp and so make […]

Tacitus Annals 4.34-35 (contributed by Jonathan Eaton)

I think the passage shows Tacitus at his absolute best in displaying the courage of a historian in the face of an oppressive tyranny. It is a passage which reflects down the ages and is as relevant now as it was under the Principate. Tacitus’ claim that the atrocities committed by tyrants and their ilk […]