Poison, politics, lunacy, lechery - this can be the I Claudius model of Roman historical past! An preliminary perusal of Tacitus' Annales, in translation, confirms glossy readers' prejudices approximately treacherous Emperors and their regicidal other halves, for Tacitus developed his brooding narrative with the topics, vocabulary, and imagery of Attic and Roman tragedy. Their incorporation into his historical past may have overjoyed his modern, rhetorically-trained readers.
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