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CLAS 430

Classics 210: Greek & Roman Classics in English 12/5 Tacitus’ Prologue, Transition from Augustus to Tiberus  Tacitus writes to discuss real facts and the history about the emperors (i.e. such as Augustus) who had previously censored all writing in Rome.  States that he is writing “without either bitterness or partiality, from any motives to which I am far removed”  seems unlikely after reading his work. He seems bias and presents negative opinions of the emperors.  Livy got to write about exciting events: glorious wars of conquest, Punic Wars, Hannibal, etc. Tacitus writes about emperors and their indiscretions (what history has been reduced to)  Wants Romans to look ahead – where they have been AND where they are going to go. What kind of people are they? What kind of society do they want to be from this point?  Both historians believed that history could be understood by people who made it.  Tiberius = successor of Augustus. Shown as cruel and wicked – (i.e. put many people to death on trumped up charges) Transition from Claudius to Nero, Murder of Britannicus  As Nero advances in his teenage years, he dislikes his mother’s growing power –rebels. Her power over him begins to decrease.  Begins to favor Britannicus (adopted brother) who is later poisoned at a dinner party but no more is said about him.  “Timeless feuds of brothers” = stock scene (i.e. Romulus & Remus) Murde
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