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A Companion to Tacitus


A Companion to Tacitus brings much needed clarity and accessibility to the notoriously difficult language and yet indispensable historical accounts of Tacitus. The companion provides both a broad introduction and showcases new theoretical approaches that enrich our understanding of this complex author.

  • Tacitus is one of the most important Roman historians of his time, as well as a great literary stylist, whose work is characterized by his philosophy of human nature
  • Encourages interdisciplinary discussion intended to engage scholars beyond Classics including philosophy, cultural studies, political science, and literature
  • Showcases new theoretical approaches that enrich our understanding of this complex author
  • Clarifies and explains the notoriously difficult language of Tacitus
  • Written and designed to prepare a new generation of scholars to examine for themselves the richness of Tacitean thought
  • Includes contributions from a broad range of established international scholars and rising stars in the field
Notes on Contributors
Part I: Texts
Part II: Historiography
Part III: Interpretations
Part IV: Intertextuality
Part V: Theoretical Approaches

“In sum, this volume is highly recommended – to the novice or the expert alike – in its multiple forms and functions: as an effective introduction to the works of Tacitus; as a refresher on Tacitus’ formative role in shaping Latin historiographical practice and the reception of Latin historical writing by contemporary and modern readerships; as a collection of critically nuanced responses to the literary sophistication of Tacitus’ approaches to producing meaning in its many guises; and as a curative for critiques of Tacitus’ writing which fail to recognize the richness of his intellectual palette.”  (Bryn Mawr Classical Review, 31 February 2014)

“With its sensible blend of traditional philology and theoretical innovation, this companion makes, overall, a significant contribution to Tacitean scholarship...The editorial quality of this companion is excellent…The book is well organized and user-friendly…More than enough to guide the kind of readership for which this companion is intended, especially in English.”  (The Classical Review, 1 September 2013)

“Here is a work that indicates clearly why Tacitus and his works still matter.”  (Reference Reviews, 1 May 2013)

“Even so, the whole remains more than the sum of its excellent parts.  Summing Up: Essential.  Upper-division undergraduates and above.”  (Choice, 1 August 2012)