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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.He 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. Tacitus 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)

Works of Tacitus, Vol. I, The by TACITUS, Publius Cornelius and GORDON, Thomas LibriVox

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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.He 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. Tacitus 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)

    Dedication to Sir Robert Walpole

    Dedication to Sir Robert Walpole

    • 5 min
    Discourse I: Upon Former English Translations of Tacitus

    Discourse I: Upon Former English Translations of Tacitus

    • 39 min
    Discourse IIa: Upon Tacitus and His Writings

    Discourse IIa: Upon Tacitus and His Writings

    • 53 min
    Discourse IIb: Upon Tacitus and His Writings

    Discourse IIb: Upon Tacitus and His Writings

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Discourse III: Upon Caesar the Dictator

    Discourse III: Upon Caesar the Dictator

    • 28 min
    Discourse IV: Upon Octavius Caesar, Afterwards Called Augustus

    Discourse IV: Upon Octavius Caesar, Afterwards Called Augustus

    • 33 min

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Great service to the English speaking world

This audiobook gifts the English-speaking world with rich source material translated from Latin. It is a work that contains a great deal of primary to secondary knowledge of the Roman world, quite literally the concept of the Roman Empire is based on the perception of writers such as Tacitus, Appian, Livy, Cassius Dio, Polybius, Sullust, and a handful of others.

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