'He was atrocious in his brutality, but his lechery was kept hidden...In the end, he erupted into an orgy of crime and igminy alike' Such is Tacitus' obituary of Tiberius, and he is less caustic in his opinion of the weak and cuckolded Claudius and the 'artist' Nero. The Annals is a gripping account of the Roman emperors who followed Augustus, the founder of the imperial system, and of the murders, sycophancy, plotting, and oppression that marked this period in Rome. Tacitus provides the earliest and most detailed account of Boudicca's rebellion in Britain, and his history also relates the great fire of Rome in the reign of Nero, and the persecution of the Christians that followed. He deplores the depravity of the emperors, whose behaviour he sees as proof of the corrupting force of absolute power. J. C. Yardley's translation is vivid and accurate, and Anthony A. Barrett's introduction and tes provide invaluable historical and cultural context. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful tes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.
J. C. Yardley has translated two volumes of Livy for Oxford World's Classics (The Dawn of the Roman Empire and Hannibal's War) and Quintus Curtius Rufus' A History of Alexander for Penguin. He is the author of volumes in the Clarendon Ancient History series, and (with Waldemar Heckel) of Alexander the Great (Blackwell, 2004). Anthony A. Barrett has published books on Livia, Agrippina and Caligula with Yale UP, and is the editor of, and contributor to, Lives of the Caesars (Blackwell, 2007).