The senator and historian Publius Cornelius TACITUS (c.56 - c.120 A.D.) is best-known for two works on Roman history, which have only survived in part. His Histories started with 69 A.D. (`The Year of Four Emperors') and probably ended with the death of Domitian in 96 but only the account of 69 and part of 70 is extant. The Annals, composed later, dealt with events from the death of Augustus in 14 A.D. to some point in 68 but parts of the sections on the reigns of Tiberius, Claudius and Nero and the whole of that on Caligula are missing. He also authored three minor works, which have survived: Agricola, a biography of his father-in-law, Gnaeus Julius Agricola; Germania, an ethnographic account of the region; and Dialogus, a treatise on public speaking.
Agricola, written around 98 A.D., has ensured that its subject is now by far the best-known governor of Roman Britain and it has naturally attracted particularly close scholarly attention in Britain itself. It focusses principally on Agricola's governorship (78=85 or, less probably, 77-84 A.D.) but also includes some general comments on biographical writing in Rome and a brief account of the geography of Britain and of the earlier history of the Roman occupation. The Word files below present the Latin text with interlinear English glossing, some notes and illustrations. Recordings of each chapter are available on the Dickinson College site at dcc.dickinson.edu/tacitus-agricola/1, which also provides notes culled from several printed editions and the version of the text which is adopted in my own files. Fuller notes, focussing more on the work as literature than on its historical background, can be found in Woodman's 2014 edition in the Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics series.
Inscription of 79 A.D. on lead piping from Chester (Deva): IMP[ERATORE] VESP[ASIANO] VIIII T[ITO] IMP[VII] CO[N]S[ULIBUS] CN[AEO] IU[LI]O AGRICOLA LEG[ATO] AUG[USTI] PRO PR[AETORE] In the eighth consulship of Imperator Vespasian and the seventh of Titus Imperator with Gnaeus Julius Agricola as representative of the Emperor and propraetor.