The Works of Tacitus Vol. I, edited, translated, and with essays by Thomas Gordon cover

The Works of Tacitus Vol. I, edited, translated, and with essays by Thomas Gordon

Tacitus, Publius Cornelius (c. 56-117)

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1. 00 – Dedication to Sir Robert Walpole
2. 01 – Discourse I: Upon Former English Translations of Tacitus
3. 02 – Discourse IIa: Upon Tacitus and His Writings
4. 03 – Discourse IIb: Upon Tacitus and His Writings
5. 04 – Discourse III: Upon Caesar the Dictator
6. 05 – Discourse IV: Upon Octavius Caesar, Afterwards Called Augustus
7. 06 – Discourse Va: Of Governments Free and Arbitrary
8. 07 – Discourse Vb: Of Governments Free and Arbitrary
9. 08 – Discourse VI: Of the Old Law of Treason
10. 09 – The Annals VIIa: Of the Accusations and Accusers Under the Emperors, pt 1
11. 10 – Discourse VIIb: Of the Accusations, and Accusers under the Emperors, pt 2
12. 11 – Discourse VIII: Of the General Debasement of Spirit and Adulation which Accompany Power Unlimited
13. 12 – Discourse IX: Upon Courts
14. 13 – Discourse X: Of Armies and Conquest
15. 14 – The Annals Bk. 1: The Reign of Augustus
16. 15 – The Annals Bk. 1: Tiberius Takes the Throne
17. 16 – The Annals Bk. 1: The Sedition at Pannonia
18. 17 – The Annals Bk. 1: The German Insurrection
19. 18 – The Annals Bk. 1: The Rise of Germanicus
20. 19 – The Annals Bk. 2: Conflict in Armenia
21. 20 – The Annals Bk. 2: Libo’s Rebellion
22. 21 – The Annals Bk. 2: Debates in the Senate
23. 22 – The Annals Bk. 2: Various Rebellions
24. 23 – The Annals Bk. 2: The African Conflicts
25. 24 – The Annals Bk. 2: The Death of Germanicus
26. 25 – The Annals Bk. 3: The Disgrace of Piso
27. 26 – The Annals Bk. 3: Conflict with the Upper Classes
28. 27 – The Annals Bk. 3: Tiberius Pleads with the Senate
29. 28 – The Annals Bk. 3: International Relations Under Tiberius

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Summary

The historical works of Tacitus are a history of the period from A.D. 14 to 96 in thirty volumes. Although many of the works were lost (only books 1-5 of the Histories and 1-6 and 11-16 of the Annals survive), enough remains to provide a good sense of Tacitus’s political and moral philosophy.Tacitus recognized the necessity for strong rulers but argued that more should be done to manage the succession of power and allow for the ascension of talent. He asserted that it was the dynastic ambitions of Rome’s many emperors that caused the decline of moral and political life and precluded the possibility of recruiting leaders of real ability. Moreover, the dynastic temptation caused political instability because military force was now required for political change. His works point to the necessity of systematic institutional restraints on power for the preservation of liberty.Gordon’s translation and his lengthy Discourses on Tacitus bring Tacitus’ ideas up to date and apply them to the British state of the early 18th century. (Description from Online Library of Liberty)This is the first of four volumes of Gordon’s Tacitus edition.