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About this Course
About the Course
In this course Professor Chris Whitton (University of Cambridge) explores Book 12 of Tacitus’ Annals. In the first lecture, we provide an introduction to Tacitus’ Annals itself, as a work of history and literature. The following three modules each focus on an important figure in Book 12 – namely, Agrippina the Younger, Nero and Claudius – before we turn in the fifth module to the figure of Tacitus himself and the kind of history he writes in his Annals. In a short sixth module, we provide some suggestions for further reading.
About the Lecturer
Christopher Whitton is Professor of Latin Language at the University of Cambridge. He works on Latin literature of the early Roman Empire, especially Pliny the Younger and Tacitus, with particular interests in prose style, intertextuality and the intersection of literature and history. His main research projects at the moment are a 'green and yellow' commentary on Tacitus Annals 14 and a monograph provisionally entitled Tacitus Revoiced: Reading the Histories with Pliny the Younger.