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BornCirca 56
DiedCirca 117
OccupationSenator, consul, governor, historian
SubjectsHistory, biography, oratory
Literary movementSilver 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.


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:


  • Haynes, Holly. The History of Make-Believe: Tacitus on imperial Rome (Berkeley, Calif.; London: University of California Press, 2003)

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    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

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    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)

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    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)

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    ISBN 0-19-815258-2

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