Tacitus | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Michael Grant

This literature criticism consists of approximately 28 pages of analysis & critique of Tacitus.
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Critical Essay by Michael Grant

SOURCE: Grant, Michael. “Translator's Introduction.” In The Annals of Imperial Rome, by Tacitus, translated by Michael Grant, pp. 7-28. 1956. Revised. London: Penguin Books, 1996.

In the following essay, Grant examines the tradition of historiography that preceded Tacitus, his moral sense and how it influenced his writing, and the difficulties a translator faces in trying to do justice to his Latin.

1. the Life and Works of Tacitus

The powerful personality of Cornelius Tacitus has survived in his writings, but we know extremely little of his life or his origin. Indeed, we are not even sure whether the first of his three names was Publius or Gaius. His family probably came from the south of France or from northern Italy (Cisalpine Gaul). If so, Tacitus—like other leading Latin writers—may not have been of wholly Italian ancestry. But...

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