Cnaeus Julius Agricola Analytical Essay by Neatwriter

Cnaeus Julius Agricola
Critique of Tacitus' "Life of Cnaeus Julius Agricola".
# 61851 | 994 words | 1 source | MLA | 2005 | US
Published on Oct 30, 2005 in History (Greek and Roman) , English (Analysis)

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This paper summarizes and reviews this text about Rome's subjugation of Britain and Tacitus' father-in-law, Cnaeus Julius Agricola. The paper also explains that the text is less about portraying Britain in a fair light as it is an introduction to what Romans of Tacitus' class considered important-the former Republican glory, colonization and military fortification, and familial honor.

From the Paper:

"Interestingly enough, at the beginning of Chapter 3 of this "Life," Tacitus proudly valorizes Roman freedom. He sees no evident contradiction between using that freedom to subjugate other peoples for Roman enrichment. He looks back with fondness at the heady days of the Roman Republic in his salutation to the reader in his first two chapters, noting that he shall not regret that he has told, though in language unskillful and unadorned, the story of Roman past servitude to tyranny, that has now resulted in Rome's present happiness, glory, and relative liberty. To his credit as an historian, Tacitus does admit his bias that the life he relates was written with the intention of doing honor to Agricola, his father-in-law, as an expression of filial regard."

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