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Agricola and Germania
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Cornelius Tacitus James Rives
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Agricola and Germania

Cornelius Tacitus James Rives H. Mattingly H. Mattingly


9780140455403

Penguin


British & Irish history;
Ancient history: to c 500 CE


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176 pages

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'You were fortunate indeed , Agricola, not only in your glorious life, but in your timely death' Agricola is both a portrait of Julius Agricola - the most famous governor of Roman Britain and Tacitus' well-loved and respected father-in-law - and the first detailed account of Britain that has come down to us. It offers fascinating descriptions of the geography, climate and peoples of the country, and a succinct account of the early stages of the Roman occupation. The warlike Germanic tribes are the focus of Tacitus' attention in the Germania, which, like the Agricola, often compares the behaviour of 'barbarian' peoples favourably with the decadence and corruption of Imperial Rome.

Harold Mattingly's translation, now revised and updated, brings Tacitus' extravagant imagination and incisive wit vividly to life. In a new introduction, J. B. Rives examines Tacitus' life and literary career, the political background to Rome's rapidly expanding empire and the complexities and themes of the two texts. This edition also includes notes, a chronology, suggested further reading, maps, notes and indexes. Translated by Harold Mattingly Revised with a new introduction and notes by J. B. Rives

By:   Cornelius Tacitus
Introduction by:   H. Mattingly
Edited by:   James Rives
Translated by:   H. Mattingly
Imprint:   Penguin
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 10mm
Weight:   134g
ISBN:   9780140455403
ISBN 10:   014045540X
Pages:   176
Publication Date:   February 2010
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Tacitus studied rhetoric in Rome and rose to eminence as a pleader at the Roman Bar. In 77 AD he married the daughter of Agricola, conqueror of Britain, of whom he later wrote a biography. J. B. Rives received his PhD in Classics from Stanford University (1990) and taught at Columbia University and at York University in Toronto before moving to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he is Kenan Eminent Professor of Classics. He is the author of Religion and Authority in Roman Carthage (1995) and Religion in the Roman Empire (2006), as well as numerous articles on aspects of religion in the Roman world. He has also published a translation, with introduction and commentary, of Tacitus' Germania (1999) and, for Penguin Classics, has revised Robert Graves' translation of Suetonius, The Twelve Caesars (2007). Harold Mattingley was born in 1884 and died in 1964. He is best known for his study of Roman coinage at the British Museum where he worked from 1920 to 1948. He wrote over four hundred articles and books and his Roman Imperial Civilization, first published when he was seventy-two, embodied the reflections of a lifetime devoted to the study of the Roman world.


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