Tacitus' Histories


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(4.4 stars; 31 reviews)

The Histories was written between 110 and 100 B.C. It covered the Year of Four Emperors following the downfall of Nero, the rise of Vespasian, and the rule of the Flavian Dynasty up to the death of Domitian.

Only the first four books and 26 chapters of the fifth book have survived, covering the year 69 and the first part of 70. The work is believed to have continued up to the death of Domitian on September 18, 96. As a prelude to the account of Titus's suppression of the Great Jewish Revolt, Book 5 features a short ethnographic survey of the ancient Jews as seen from the Roman point of view. (Summary adapted from Wikipedia.) (11 hr 2 min)

Chapters

Book 1: January - March, A.D. 69 pt 1 37:41 Read by Andrew Coleman
Book 1: January - March, A.D. 69 pt 2 26:44 Read by Andrew Coleman
Book 1: January - March, A.D. 69 pt 3 28:08 Read by Sibella Denton
Book 1: January - March, A.D. 69 pt 4 29:51 Read by Julie VW
Book 1: January - March, A.D. 69 pt 5 28:15 Read by MorganScorpion
Book 2: March - August, A.D. 69 pt 1 27:41 Read by MorganScorpion
Book 2: March - August, A.D. 69 pt 2 26:30 Read by MorganScorpion
Book 2: March - August, A.D. 69 pt 3 28:44 Read by MorganScorpion
Book 2: March - August, A.D. 69 pt 4 31:35 Read by Philippa
Book 2: March - August, A.D. 69 pt 5 33:23 Read by Anna Simon
Book 3: September - December, A.D. 69 pt 1 25:34 Read by Andrew Coleman
Book 3: September - December, A.D. 69 pt 2 35:20 Read by Andrew Coleman
Book 3: September - December, A.D. 69 pt 3 31:08 Read by Andrew Coleman
Book 3: September - December, A.D. 69 pt 4 29:04 Read by Andrew Coleman
Book 3: September - December, A.D. 69 pt 5 35:09 Read by Andrew Coleman
Book 4: January - November, A.D. 70: pt 1 32:22 Read by ontheroad
Book 4: January - November, A.D. 70: pt 2 31:12 Read by ontheroad
Book 4: January - November, A.D. 70: pt 3 33:41 Read by ontheroad
Book 4: January - November, A.D. 70: pt 4 36:28 Read by Andrew Coleman
Book 4: January - November, A.D. 70: pt 5 31:49 Read by Andrew Coleman
Book 5: A.D. 70: pt 1 21:56 Read by Leni
Book 5: A.D. 70: pt 2 20:30 Read by Leni

Reviews


(5 stars)

This is prime ancient history, presented the ancient way. The moralizing and fictive speeches are typical--and they show us much about Roman culture even as they make us doubt the details presented. This is not, despite what the other comment claims, focused solely on battles. Politics and intrigue are central, and there are many character sketches.

great knowledge of the period covered


(4 stars)