Review: The Annals of Imperial Rome by Tacitus

I thought this was going to be really difficult but it turns out it was amazing. Super easy to read, and the lives of the emperors were so crazy that it is hard not to look at it like Dallas, or some other kind of soap opera.

Some of the stuff in it is beyond imagination – there really is nothing that hasn’t been done before. My favourite bit was when Tacitus throws in this story completely without warning:

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And then a little later, he follows it up with this:

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Yep. That’s right, Plautius Silvanus threw his wife out of the window, and then blamed it on his ex-wife. That’s as bold a defence as I’ve ever heard.

Riveting from first to last – the best of all of the classics I’ve ever read.

Highly recommended.

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