Tacitus, Publius Cornelius
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(c. 55 – after 116 ce). Life and works. Tacitus was praetor (88) and quindecimvir (?), suffect consul (97), and proconsul of the province of Asia (112/113). The biography of his father-in-law Gnaeus Julius Agricola (d. 93) combines the laudatio funebris (Dead, Cult of the: III) with an ethnography of Britain. The ethnography of the free, i.e. non-Roman (or not yet Roman) Germania (written around 100) draws a typecast and idealizing picture of an unspoiled primitive people and dangerous neighbor. His Dialogus de oratoribus (written around 105) discusses the relat…

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Cancik, Hubert, “Tacitus, Publius Cornelius”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 17 October 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_125042>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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