9. The Concentration of Power and Writing History

Forms of Historical Persuasion in the Histories (1.1–49)

  1. Victoria Emma Pagán PhD
  1. Olivier Devillers

Published Online: 24 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444354188.ch9

A Companion to Tacitus

A Companion to Tacitus

How to Cite

Devillers, O. (2011) The Concentration of Power and Writing History, in A Companion to Tacitus (ed V. E. Pagán), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444354188.ch9

Editor Information

  1. University of Florida, USA

Author Information

  1. Université Michel de Montaigne, France

Publication History

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

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405190329

Online ISBN: 9781444354188



  • power concentration, writing history;
  • Tacitus, overview “rich in occurrences”;
  • focus on Galba, princeps pivotal;
  • Tacitus foreshadowing, fate of Galba, T. Vinius;
  • concentration of power;
  • Roman political rhetoric;
  • Galba's disappearance;
  • methods of historical persuasion;
  • types of passages;
  • portraits and obituaries


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • First Unit of the Histories : Methodological Issues, the Emergence of a Theme (1.1–11)

  • The Concentration of Power in the Main Narrative Sections (1.12–49)

  • Methods of Historical Persuasion

  • Types of Passages

  • Conclusion

  • Guide to Further Reading