Tacitus (Publius/Gaius Cornelius Tacitus)
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A. Life and work

Publius – or Gaius – Cornelius Tacitus (c. AD 55–120) is regarded as the last exponent of so-called ‘senatorial’ Latin historiography, working as the Roman state evolved towards a monarchy in the 1st and early 2nd cents. AD. He completed a thoroughly successful senatorial career (cursus honorum) under the Flavian emperors, and esp. after the death of Domitian under the first of the so-called adoptive emperors (consul suffectus in AD 97, proconsul Asiae in AD 112/13). However, the tone of his works, w…

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Günther, Sven, Battistella, Florian, Walther, Claudine and Krovoza, Alfred, “Tacitus (Publius/Gaius Cornelius Tacitus)”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 5 : The Reception of Classical Literature, English edition by Matthijs H. Wibier (2012). Original German-language edition: Die Rezeption der antiken Literatur. Herausgegeben von Christine Walde in Verbindung mit Brigitte Egger. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 1. Staffel, herausgegeben von Hubert Cancik, Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, Band 7. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2010). Consulted online on 16 February 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-8647_bnps5_e1128350>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: 9789004218932, 20101111



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