The Annals Vol 2

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(4.7 stars; 42 reviews)

The Annals was Tacitus' final work, covering the period from the death of Augustus Caesar in the year 14. He wrote at least 16 books, but books 7-10 and parts of books 5, 6, 11 and 16 are missing. Book 6 ends with the death of Tiberius and books 7-12 presumably covered the reigns of Caligula and Claudius. The remaining books cover the reign of Nero, perhaps until his death in June 68 or until the end of that year, to connect with the Histories. The second half of book 16 is missing, ending with the events of the year 66. We do not know whether Tacitus completed the work or whether he finished the other works that he had planned to write; he died before he could complete his planned histories of Nerva and Trajan, and no record survives of the work on Augustus Caesar and the beginnings of the Empire with which he had planned to complete his work as an historian. (Summary from Wikipedia.) (3 hr 49 min)


Book 04, Part 1 29:56 Read by Graham Redman
Book 04, Part 2 37:42 Read by Graham Redman
Book 04, Part 3 30:33 Read by safemouse
Book 04, Part 4 24:29 Read by Sibella Denton
Book 05 15:44 Read by Graham Redman
Book 06, Part 1 30:54 Read by Justin Brett
Book 06, Part 2 19:54 Read by Kalynda
Book 06, Part 3 40:42 Read by Andrew Coleman



(5 stars)

All the readers are accomplished. But the material in this volume particularly is quite dark. All kinds of weaknesses, failings and vices are exposed. If you add the indifference to slavery and torture, and the subjugation of various peoples, it's pretty bleak. Yet to be fair Tacitus does warn us about this in the introduction.