Tacitus Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism)


Allott, Terence. “Tacitus and Some Late Plays of Corneille.” Journal of European Studies 10, no. 1 (March 1980): 32-47.

Discusses several later plays of Pierre Corneille and their indebtedness to Tacitus.

Benjamin, Edwin B. “Bacon and Tacitus.” Classical Philology 60, no. 2 (April 1965): 102-10.

Examines Tacitus's influence on Francis Bacon's ideas regarding statecraft and literary style.

———. “Milton and Tacitus.” In Milton Studies, Vol. IV, edited by James D. Simmonds, pp. 117-40. Pittsburgh, Penn.: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1972.

Explores John Milton's use of Tacitus.

Bertland, Alexander U. “The Significance of Tacitus in Vico's Idea of History.” Historical Reflection/Reflexions Historiques 22, no. 3 (fall 1996): 517-35.

Examines Italian philosopher Giovanni Battista Vico's understanding of Tacitus and what it reveals about Vico's conception of history.

Ginsburg, Judith. “Selection of Subject Matter.” In Tradition and Theme in the “Annals” of Tacitus, pp. 80-95. New York: Arno Press, 1981.

Examines Tacitus's decisions regarding inclusion and exlusion of material from the Annals.

Gudeman, Alfred. “Prolegomena: The Dramatic Structure of the Dialogus, and the Interlocutors and their Parts.” In Dialogus de Oratoribus, by P. Cornelii Taciti, edited by Alfred Gudeman, pp. lxiv-lxxxvii. Boston: Ginn & Company, 1894.

Discusses characters and various textual problems, including lacunae.

Martin, Ronald. “Style.” In Tacitus, pp. 214–35. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1981.

Explores Tacitus’s literary style, particularly his preference for brevity and asymetry.

——— and A. J. Woodman. Introduction to Annals: Book IV, by Tacitus, edited by R. H. Martin and A. J. Woodman, pp. 1-34. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press, 1989.

Overview of Book IV, including structure, style, and sources.

Whitfield, J. H. “Livy=Tacitus.” In Classical Influences on European Culturea.d. 1500-1700: Proceedings of an International Conference Held at King's College, Cambridge, April 1974, edited by R. R. Bolgar, pp. 281-93. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press, 1976.

Explains Tacitus's ascendancy relative to Livy, beginning early in the sixteenth century.

Additional coverage of Tacitus's life and career is contained in the following sources published by the Gale Group: Ancient Writers, Vol. 2; Concise Dictionary of World Bioraphy, Vol. 1; Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vol. 211; Literature Resource Center,; and Reference Guide to World Literature,Ed. 2.