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Tacitus: Liberty and Tyranny in the Annals

This is a Reading List based upon a Liberty Fund Conference on “Liberty and Tyranny in Tacitus' Annals.”

Liberty and Tyranny in Tacitus’s Annals

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Tacitus' The Annals of Imperial Rome is a leading source of ideas about political institutions and the corruption of power for the Founding generation of the United States and it is one of the central texts for understanding the ideas which influenced the formation of the American constitutional.

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Session I: Tiberius and the Rush to Servitude

Tacitus' The Annals of Imperial Rome, vol. 1

Session II: The Tyrant and the Law

Tacitus' The Annals of Imperial Rome, vol. 1 and 2

Session III: Tiberius’s Reign of Terror

Tacitus' The Annals of Imperial Rome, vol. 2

Session IV: Claudius’s Women

Tacitus' The Annals of Imperial Rome, vol. 2

Session V: Nero’s Tyrannical Debauchery

Tacitus' The Annals of Imperial Rome, vol. 2

Session VI: Nero’s Tyrannical Theatricality

Tacitus' The Annals of Imperial Rome, vol. 2

Last modified April 13, 2016