The fullest, most up-to-date edition available `The story I now
commence is rich in vicissitudes, grim with warfare, torn by civil
strife, a tale of horror even during times of peace.' Edward Gibbon
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pregnant with the deepest observations and the most lively images'.
Its author, Cornelius Tacitus, widely acknowledged as the greatest
of all Roman historians, describes with cynical power the murderous
`Year of the Four Emperors' - AD 69 - when in just a few months the
whole of the Roman Empire was torn apart by civil war. The ultimate
triumph of Vespasian and his sons Titus and Domitian was only the
prelude to further conflicts and disasters, with revolts among the
Germans and Jews challenging the very foundations of Roman
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