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Born Circa 56
Died Circa 117
Occupation Senator, consul, governor, historian
Genre History
Subject History, biography, oratory
Literary movement Silver Age of Latin

Publius (or Gaius) Cornelius Tacitus (ca. 56 – ca. 117) was a senator and a historian of the Roman Empire. The surviving parts of his two major works—the Annals and the Histories—report about the reigns of the Roman Emperors Tiberius, Claudius, Nero, Galba, Otho, Vitellius, and Vespasian.


Lipsius manuscript
The title page of Justus Lipsius's 1598 edition of the complete works of Tacitus, bearing the stamps of the Bibliotheca Comunale in Empoli, Italy.

Experts believe Tacitus wrote these five works that have survived. The dates are approximate:

  • (98) De vita Iulii Agricolae (The Life of Julius Agricola)
  • (98) De origine et situ Germanorum (The Germania)
  • (102) Dialogus de oratoribus (Dialogue on Oratory)
  • (105) Historiae (Histories)
  • (117) Ab excessu divi Augusti (Annals)
  • Haynes, Holly. The History of Make-Believe: Tacitus on imperial Rome (Berkeley, Calif.; London: University of California Press, 2003) ISBN: 0-520-23650-5
  • Syme, Ronald. Tacitus, Volumes 1 and 2. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1958) (reprinted in 1985 by the same publisher, with the ISBN: 0-19-814327-3) is the definitive study of his life and works.
  • Syme, Ronald. Ten Studies in Tacitus. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1970) ISBN: 0-19-814358-3
  • Talbert, R.J.A. "Tacitus and the Senatus Consultum de Cn. Pisone patre". The American Journal of Philology, Vol. 120, No. 1 (1999), pp. 89–97.
  • Woodman, Anthony John. Tacitus Reviewed (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998) ISBN: 0-19-815258-2
  • Texts by Tacitus:

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