Tacitus Quotes

Tacitus is considered to be one of the greatest Roman historians and is known for the brevity and compactness of his Latin prose, as well as for his penetrating insights into the psychology of power politics. Living from 56–120 A.D. he was a senator and historian of the Roman Empire.

Details about his personal life are scarce. What little is known comes from scattered hints throughout his work, the letters of his friend and admirer Pliny the Younger, and an inscription found at Mylasa in Caria.

One of his more politically incorrect writings, Germania, discusses the history of my ancestors, so I include it here. [listen or download]

He also wrote The Histories and The Annuls.

I gathered some of his quotes that I really liked. I hope you enjoy them as much as I have.

Tacitus (wikipedia)

Tacitus (britannica)

 

Respected Historians:

 

Strabo (64 or 63 BC – c. 24 AD)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strabo

Titus Flavius Josephus – Joseph ben Matityahu  (37 – c. 100)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Josephus

Diodorus Siculus

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diodorus_Siculus

Homer

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homer

Archilochus 680 – c. 645 BC

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archilochus

Livy (Titus Livius ) 64 or 59 BC – AD 17

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Livy

Virgil (Publius Vergilius Maro)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virgil

Herodotus

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herodotus

Polybius

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polybius

Procopius

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Procopius

Pliny the Elder (Gaius Plinius Secundus)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pliny_the_Elder

Plutarch (Lucius Mestrius Plutarchus)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plutarch

Publius (or Gaius) Cornelius Tacitus AD 56 – c. AD 120

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tacitus

Other Figures:

Justin Martyr

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Justin_Martyr

Irenaeus AD 202 also referred to as Saint Irenaeus, was Bishop of Lugdunum in Gaul

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irenaeus

Tertullian

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tertullian

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aleksandr_Solzhenitsyn

 

 

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