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Tacitus (c. 56/7 CE-c. 117 CE or Later)
Publius Cornelius Tacitus (born c. 56/7 CE) was a Roman politician, orator, and historian. A member of the senatorial order at Rome under the early Roman Empire, he lived under a succession of emperors stretching from Nero through to the anti-senatorial Domitian before becoming consul—the highest political office—in 97 CE. Having held the governorship of the important province of “Asia” (Western Anatolia), he died either toward the end of the Emperor Trajan's reign (c. 117 CE) or sometime afterward under Hadrian. Tacitus is known primarily for four historical works, two written in 98 CE: the life of Agricola ( de vita Julii Agricolae ) and the Germania (de origine et situ Germanorum) , followed later by the more celebrated Histories (historiae) and Annals (ab excessu divi Augusti). He was also the author Dialogus ...