Essays Tagged: "Tacitus"

Examining classical works by authors not well known; missing data etc on their life. Can the details be considered reliable or not?

lso evidence that may not be reliable and cannot be used in full. By looking at selected books from Tacitus' "Histories" and "The Life of Hadrian" by an unknown author, it can be seen that there is ma ... which may affect the reliability of the material presented.Firstly we shall look at "Histories" by Tacitus. Tacitus is an example of an author whom which we know most of the key pieces of information ...

(2 pages) 35 0 3.4 Nov/2002

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Classical Studies > Greek Language & Literature

Nero and Agrippina-How and why did Nero plot against Agrippina?

ized by astrologers when he was born that he would become emperor but kill his mother, according to Tacitus (The Annals). Agrippina's reply was "Let him kill me- provided he becomes emperor". This rei ... d that Agrippina was intolerable and decided to kill her. Poison was the first choice, according to Tacitus, but a death at the emperor's table would not look fortuitous after Britannicus died there a ...

(3 pages) 210 7 4.2 Dec/2002

Subjects: History Term Papers > European History

Explain the role(s) of aristocratic women in Roman history.

ercise great political influence- as seen in the case of Agrippina the Younger, Messalina and Livia.Tacitus revealed the character of Livia in The Annals when he wrote that she was a "complaisant wife ... ro and Octavia and to adopt Nero as his own son. Her influence was so great that historians such as Tacitus, Suetonius and Dio Cassius believe that she had Claudius poisoned in AD 54.Like Messalina, A ...

(3 pages) 61 1 4.5 Dec/2002

Subjects: History Term Papers > European History > Roman History

With references to sources, assess the differing interpretations of Agrippina.

d dominating mother figure or the imperial woman who goes beyond her matronly and aristocratic role.Tacitus, an ancient historian, was the closest to Agrippina's time and was hostile towards her since ... e portrayed Agrippina as a deceptive, ill- mannered woman and is highly- critical of her behaviour. Tacitus claimed that the death of Junius Silanus was "treacherously contrived" by Agrippina and that ...

(3 pages) 52 0 3.4 Dec/2002

Subjects: History Term Papers > European History

Outline the case for and against the use of referenda.

ople' was used by William the Conqueror and by the Vatican in medieval times to affirm leaderships. Tacitus in 'Germania' suggests that Principes should decide minor questions, but great matters shoul ...

(9 pages) 42 0 3.0 Nov/2003

Subjects: Social Science Essays

Some causes for the fall of the Roman Empire (Massive Slavery, invasion, curruption of the government) (also talks about Christianity)

Nero blamed this on the Christians and subsequently slaughtered them by the hundreds.The historian Tacitus writes: "Besides being put to death they were made to serve as objects of amusement; they we ...

(3 pages) 82 0 3.0 Dec/2003

Subjects: History Term Papers > European History > Roman History

Subject: Classics. Title: How is Nero Portrayed in Book XV of "The Annals" by Tacitus. Refer to the text in detail with your answer.

Tacitus was very much a traditional Roman and he objected to the warping of Roman values seen during ... istories to be a judgement on the tyrants of the past. The Annals are therefore not as impartial as Tacitus claims in his prologue, and we see this clearly in his depiction of Nero. Through subtly sug ... Nero. Through subtly suggestive language and the deployment of pithy, often acerbic, observations, Tacitus focuses on everything negative about Nero, whilst carefully retaining the appearance of impa ...

(4 pages) 44 1 4.8 May/2004

Subjects: History Term Papers > European History

Augustus

ver enemies and savior of the citizens." (Dio Cassius) "They preferred the safety of the present." (Tacitus) With Augustus having full power, the citizens never had to worry about much, because he had ... citizens began distrusting the senate, and there were few people living who had seen the Republic. (Tacitus) Since there was nothing left of the old way of life that people loved and citizens were str ...

(3 pages) 43 0 0.0 May/2004

Subjects: History Term Papers > European History

The Roman Empire and Ireland

gle legion, with a moderate band of auxiliaries, would be enough to finish the conquest of Ireland"-Tacitus quoting Agricola .This evidence illustrates that the Romans did not come to Ireland for the ...

(7 pages) 44 0 4.5 Oct/2004

Subjects: History Term Papers > European History > Roman History

It is generally accepted that Agrippina was responsible for Claudius' death. Discuss this statement with reference to sources.

hich he died or who was responsible for it the sources become less reliable.Two ancient historians, Tacitus and Suetonius, both concur that Claudius was murdered by poison which was administered throu ... us was murdered by poison which was administered through an elaborate orchestration of Agrippina's. Tacitus and Suetonius also agree on Agrippina's motive for murdering Claudius and the prefect timing ...

(3 pages) 23 0 4.5 Feb/2005

Subjects: History Term Papers > World History

With reference to sources, assess the different interpretations of Agrippina the Younger

d dominating mother figure or the imperial woman who goes beyond her matronly and aristocratic role.Tacitus, an ancient historian, was the closest to Agrippina's time and was hostile towards her since ... t writings, and became the epitome of all that was evil in woman.Moral purpose is never absent from Tacitus' mind in his writings and virtue and vice are continually emphasized and contrasted. Tacitus ...

(2 pages) 22 0 3.0 Feb/2005

Subjects: History Term Papers

Tacitus : The Rise of the Immoral Rome

Tacitus Cornelius, born during the reign of the emperor Nero, gives us a grim and cynical narration ... Julio-Claudian emperors in the "The Annals of Imperial Rome". Though in the early parts of the text Tacitus claims to be an impartial judge, "I shall write without indignation or partisanship: in my c ... te without indignation or partisanship: in my case the customary incentives to these are lacking", (Tacitus, pg 32), it is obvious from his style and his political views that the text was hardly unpre ...

(8 pages) 36 0 5.0 Apr/2005

Subjects: History Term Papers > European History > Roman History

Causes of the Boudiccan Revolt (references to modern and ancient historians as well as archaeological evidence).

od shortages. All these factors are justified by an array of sources that include Ancient writers ( Tacitus and Dio Cassius), Modern Writers (Todd, Burn and Allason-Jones) and plenty of archaeological ... tantly the catalyst. Queen Boudicca's outrage would of been the final injustice to the Iceni tribe. Tacitus describes that the Celtic Icenians were willing to take some oppression but "not yet to slav ...

(4 pages) 28 0 5.0 Dec/2005

Subjects: History Term Papers > European History

Historiography

n can manipulate what is written and the manner in which the historian writes, is that of Cornelius Tacitus. Tacitus was bred from a family who was destroyed by the emperor Domitian. It was this exper ... s bred from a family who was destroyed by the emperor Domitian. It was this experience that fuelled Tacitus' desire to prove through his writing that rule by emperor is evil. This desire or purpose is ...

(6 pages) 28 0 5.0 Jul/2001

Subjects: History Term Papers > European History

Julio - Claudians

e Roman Empire.The major sources of information about the Julio-Claudians emperors are the works of Tacitus and Suetonius. It is said that both writers used information, which suited their purposes an ... suited their purposes and, therefore, should be considered as unbalanced views. Both Suetonius and Tacitus tended to ignore the empire when there was peace and prosperity. They neglected to mention m ...

(4 pages) 1263 0 0.0 Sep/2001

Subjects: History Term Papers > European History

History As Art, History As Science

on. Two ancient historians clearly evidence these positions: history as art and history as science. Tacitus and Thucydides, respectively, represent these views.Tacitus wrote his account, The Annals, w ... hat is sound from what is hurtful, while most men learn wisdom from the fortunes of others." (Tacitus, 4.33) The function of history was not to dictate every mundane detail, but to trace the bes ...

(14 pages) 32 0 0.0 Feb/2002

Subjects: History Term Papers > European History

Julis Caesar and the women around him

relli Cottae relatives.One of the very few comments about the kind of woman Aurelia can be found in Tacitus: "In the old days, every child born to a respectable mother was brought up … at his mot ... other of Julius Caesar, and Atia, mother of Augustus, brought up their sons and produced princes. " Tacitus perceives Caesar as a god. This is significant as he exaggerates many of his attributes. He ...

(17 pages) 9 0 0.0 May/2009

Subjects: History Term Papers > European History > Roman History

Contradicting Herodotus and Tacitus' Writings as seen from the Greek views against Persia, and the Romans views against the Germanic People

Herodotus and Tacitus, great writers of their time, reflect on their thoughts about their own civilizations and wh ... were not up to the level of the Greeks, had traits that he would like to be instilled in all Greeks.Tacitus on the other hand was a Roman, who at the time of the writings was engaged in a war with the ... oples. As the Romans expanded their empire they were running into new peoples, such as the Germans. Tacitus in his writings speaks of the German people’s living conditions. Based on the writings ...

(6 pages) 13 0 0.0 Oct/2009

Subjects: History Term Papers > European History

History and what is teaches us

s shared the view of the classical Greek and Roman historians, like Herodotus, Thucydides, Livy and Tacitus. The study of history has a moral purpose. We are awash in sea of information and a lot of t ...

(2 pages) 6 0 0.0 Sep/2014

Subjects: Social Science Essays > Controversial Issues