18. Tacitus and Epic

  1. Victoria Emma Pagán PhD
  1. Timothy A. Joseph PhD

Published Online: 24 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444354188.ch18

A Companion to Tacitus

A Companion to Tacitus

How to Cite

Joseph, T. A. (2011) Tacitus and Epic, in A Companion to Tacitus (ed V. E. Pagán), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444354188.ch18

Editor Information

  1. University of Florida, USA

Author Information

  1. the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 24 NOV 2011
  2. Published Print: 19 DEC 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405190329

Online ISBN: 9781444354188



  • Tacitus and Epic;
  • fundamental kinship;
  • ancient historiography and epic;
  • Tacitean engagement with epic poets;
  • Tacitus' on the poeticus décor;
  • Tacitus' depiction of Germanicus;
  • allusions to Lucan's Civil War;
  • Aeneid in Tacitus' Battle of Cremona;
  • Rome's, subjection to dominatio


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Poeticus Decor

  • Eaedem Scelerum Causae

  • Vrbem Romam a Principio Reges Habuere

  • Guide to Further Reading