OXFORD TUTORIALS

GBT 2 Study Questions Pt. 7
The Annals of Imperial Rome

22. The Annals of Imperial Rome: BooksI-II (pp. 31-119 in Penguin)

1. Compare Tacitus’ treatment of Roman history to that of Plutarch. What similarities or differences do you see?

2. Compare the two views regarding Augustus’ rise to power. (I.9)

3. How was Percennius able to incite rebellion among the troups? (I.17)

4. How was Agrippina able to help stop the uprising?

5. What sort of leader did Germanicus show himself by his conduct during the uprising?

6. What was the significance of the rise of the "treason law"?

7. Do you think that Tacitus thought well of Germanicus?  Why/Why not?

23. The Annals of Imperial Rome: Books III-VI, XV.32-47 (pp. 120-227; 360-367 in Penguin)

1. Explain Tacitus' understanding of the origin of law. (III. 25)

2. What was the threat that woman posed to armies? (III.33)

3. What type of character does Tiberius show in his conduct regarding the laws concerning excessive indulgence? (III. 52)

4. Why did Tiberus call the roman senators, "Men fit to be slaves." (III. 64)

5. Explain the statement, "Strengthen the executive, and you weaken the law." (III. 68)

6. How did Sejanus disgrace the empire during his rise to power? (IV. 2)

7. How did Sejanus make it appear as though Drusus poisoned himself? (IV. 9) Why is this story doubtful?

8. Explain Tacitus rational for the attention he pays all of the social details that occur in his history. (IV. 30)

9. Why would Livilla’s marriage split the imperial house? (IV. 38)

10. How did the disaster caused by Atilius end up ennobling the Romans? (IV. 60)

11. Explain the positions of the two different schools concerning the course our lives take. (VI. 20)

12. What rumors does Tacitus report about Nero starting the great fire of Rome (XV.42-47)?

13. Which social group did Nero blame for the fire?  How did he punish them?   Why did Tacitus think they were singled out?