Scratching the surface with Tacitus

Tacitus has one message: look beneath the surface. Discuss with reference to Annals 1 It is no secret that the Annals written by Tacitus were at least to some extent a criticism of the new regime that was instituted by Augustus, this is clear from the first chapters of the first book of the Annals.…

Democracy?

“Government of the people, by the people, for the people”. Is this a realistic description of Athenian democracy? When Abraham Lincoln first pronounced these words at the Gettysburg address in 1863, he was not describing what the Ancient Greeks would call a democracy, in fact he wasn’t describing democracy at all. But let us put…

Persuasiveness- Plato, Pseudo-Xenophon, Herodotus

Whatever purpose for which one is writing, and for every text that has been produced, one aspect of the writing never changes, and that is the necessity to be persuaded. Whether it is in convincing the readers that your version of a history is more correct, or whether the philosophical argument that you are trying…

Clash of the Heras

Comparing the Heraion at Olympia and the Temple of Hera One at Paestum The pan-Hellenic site of Olympia and the town of Paestum are both multi-temple sites. The former contains two and the latter, three huge temples. This demonstrates that a lot of money went towards these temples. However, although these two temples were both…

A look at TAcitus’ Annals 1.10

This particular chapter in Annals of Tacitus is very interesting, especially because it is largely made up of a speech placed in the mouth of anonymous crowds, introduced by “dicebantur contra” in which Tacitus proposes an alternative view of the events leading to the ascension of Augustus to the imperial purple. There also certain themes…

My views on Dido

To what extent do we have sympathy for Dido? Dido has often been viewed as the tragic heroine in the Aeneid. Book four is where we see an in depth and extensive change in our character but also the first true and last insight to what Dido was like. Dido suffers from something that no…