Born In: Gallia Narbonensis
Publius Cornelius Tacitus was an orator, writer, historian, consul, senator, and governor in the Roman Empire. Generally regarded as one of the greatest Roman historians, his popularity derives from the brevity and compactness of his Latin prose, as well as his piercing comprehension of the psychology of power politics. He was alive in a period that has come to be known as the Silver Age of Latin literature and witnessed the reigns of ten different emperors. Five works that are believed to written by Tacitus have survived, though not in their entirety. Among them, the two major works, the ‘Annals’ and the ‘Histories’, deal with the history of the Roman Empire from the death of Augustus, in 14 AD, to the years of the First Jewish–Roman War, in 70 AD, and especially focuses on the reigns of Tiberius, Claudius, Nero, and the four emperors of 69 AD. While there are considerable lacunae in the texts that remain, the books are without equal in their thorough, dissective analysis of Ancient Rome. In his other writings, Tacitus delves into public speaking, Germania, and the life of his father-in-law, Agricola, a general who conquered much of Britannia.