5. The Histories

  1. Victoria Emma Pagán PhD
  1. Jonathan Master PhD

Published Online: 24 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444354188.ch5

A Companion to Tacitus

A Companion to Tacitus

How to Cite

Master, J. (2011) The Histories, in A Companion to Tacitus (ed V. E. Pagán), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444354188.ch5

Editor Information

  1. University of Florida, USA

Author Information

  1. Emory University, USA

Publication History

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

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405190329

Online ISBN: 9781444354188



  • Histories chronicle, extended fragment;
  • Othonian forces;
  • Otho's rise and fall;
  • Tacitus' revolts, foreign religious practices;
  • Tacitus' challenging style;
  • Tacitus' use of annalistic categories;
  • Tacitus, and onus on the reader;
  • Tacitus' attention to style;
  • political foundations of annals, undermined;
  • Tacitus, and annalistic format


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Synopsis

  • Introduction

  • Style

  • Bad Leadership

  • Collapse of Soldiers' Sense of Mission

  • The Form of the Histories

  • Ethnic Identity

  • Guide to Further Reading