Source analysis: part 1 (10%)
Due Feb. 12th
Primary Source Analysis Sheet
|Title: |The Burning of Rome |
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|Author: |Cornelius Tacitus was born around 56 and died around 117. He was a Roman senator, lawyer, orator and |
|Who was he? (short |above all one of antiquity’s greatest roman historians. He was born from a prosperous family of |
|biography) |equestrian position, probably in northern Italy or south Gaul. Tacitus studied rhetoric in order to |
| |become a lawyer and politician, while he was still young. Then, he married Julia Agricola around his |
| |20’s. Tacitus major works include “the Annals” and “the Histories”. |
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|Type of Primary Source: |The passage “Burning of Rome” appears in Tacitus major work |
|from a book? private |“The Annals” which was written in at least 16 books. However, “The Burning of Rome” was written in book |
... element are implemented in e-books, for example fiction and non-fiction. A textbook is a source of information on a particular ... process. E-textbooks are now officially known as educational source that have already published electronically to help in both teaching ... matte (Wilson, 2003). Similar to the ordinary printed books, e-book helps the readers to understand and focus on important messages ...
|letters? |15. |
|Date (or approximation) | “The Burning of Rome” was written down in approximately 117. |
|Place |“The Burning of Rome” was inscribed in the city of Rome, by Tacitus. |
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|Historic Context: |The Great Fire of Rome happened in AD 64 in a merchant area of the city. The fire quickly spread and |
|What event is related in|burned through the wooden architecture, damaging ten districts of Rome. During six and a half days, it |
|the excerpt? |was a complete catastrophe. It is unsure whether the fire was accidental or intentional; some blame it |
| |on Nero. |
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| |Tacitus intention, in this passage, was to demonstrate the general situation of the kingdom of Rome. He |
| |wanted to reveal the course of events as well as their causes. Furthermore, he explained the |
| |consequences that the events had on Rome. |
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|Why did the author write| |
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... pumps, and pulling down burning roofing materials (Hashagan). Along with the establishment of fire companies, fire insurance was also created. ... After almost being destroyed by unruly conflagrations, Rome created a fire department consisting of about 7,000 paid firefighters. ... the workplace. Furthermore, codes were written which ultimately led to the National Fire Protection Association’s Life ...
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| |Historians can rely on the events that happened in the extract |
|Reliability |“The Burning of Rome” because as the quote, in the book “The Annals of Imperial Rome” says: “Tacitus was|
|Do you think historians |in Rome during the great fire”, Tacitus himself was in the city of Rome when the flames destroyed about |
|can trust the info |130 houses. Therefore, he witnessed all of that. Additionally, in the quote: “The moral dignity of |
|related in that source? |Tacitus is impressed upon his works; the consciousness of a love of truth, of the integrity of his |
| |purpose”, it tells us that he wrote with authenticity and heart. |
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|Bibliography |Benario, W. (1975).
Introduction to Tacitus. Athens: University of Georgia Press. |
|(in APA style) |Tacitus, C., Church, A., Brodribb, W., & Hadas, M. (1942).
Complete works of Tacitus. New York: Modern |
| |library. |
| |William, S. (1869).
Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. London: Walton. Retrieved |
| |February 8, 2011, from Wiki source. |
| |Duruy, V. (1883).
... not be killed he took it over for Rome. Rome always gave their conquered lands two choices, to ... mix cultures into Rome's government. Rome influenced many cultures in Europe and can ... them and they are the ones that founded Rome. In Rome there were many great buildings, but the ... from different cultures.Eventually the barbarians took over Rome. This was cause by letting all of the ...
History of Rome vol. V. Retrieved February 8, 2011 from |
| |//www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/rome.htm |
| |Tacitus, C. (2006).
The Annals of Imperial Rome. London: The folio Society. |