The Histories

The Histories

Written by: Tacitus
Introduction by: Rhiannon Ash
Edited by: Rhiannon Ash
Translated by: Kenneth Wellesley

Additional Formats
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780140449648
  • 384 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • Adult


In AD 68, Nero’s suicide marked the end of the first dynasty of imperial Rome. The following year was one of drama and danger, with four emperors—Galba, Otho, Vitellius, and Vespasian—emerging in succession. Based on authoritative sources, The Histories vividly recounts the details of the “long but single year” of revolution that brought the Roman empire to the brink of collapse.

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Table of Contents

The HistoriesIntroduction

Book One

1-11 The Setting of the Story
12-50 The Murder of Galba
51-90 The Vitellian Advance

Book Two

1-10 Flavian Caution
11-45 The First Battle of Cremona
46-56 Otho’s Suicide
57-73 Vitellius in Northern Italy
74-86 Vespasian Emperor
87-101 Rome Under Vitellius

Book Three

1-35 The Second Battle of Cremona
36-48 A World Convulsed
49-86 The March on Rome

Book Four

1-11 A Divided Senate
12-37 Civilis Revolts
38-53 The New Year, A.D. 70
54-80 The Rhineland Recovered
81-86 Signs and Wonders

Book Five

1-13 The Jews
14-26 The Collapse of Civilis

Key to Technical Terms
Key to Place-Names
index of Personal Names