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Year Published

c. 120 CE




History, Nonfiction

At a Glance

The Annals is widely regarded as one of the most penetrating, incisive historical works ever written. Tacitus was a brilliant prose stylist, and his Annals recounted a momentous epoch in Roman history: the first 50 years after the transition from Republic to Empire. The Annals remains an important primary source document that gives the modern reader a first-person perspective of an empire in transition.

About the Title

Tacitus's Annals is sometimes titled Annals of Imperial Rome. The term annals in the title refers to a tradition in ancient Roman historical works whereby a narrative account tells the story of significant events year by year. Imperial Rome was the third phase of Roman governance, during which time emperors ruled and the empire expanded beyond the Mediterranean region.


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