Tacitus Now

4/18/2009

His power of mind is not like that of Thucydides, it is not really political and certainly not military. It is, on a grand scale, psychological. We are irresistibly reminded of Proust when Tacitus sets about creating the wonderful figure of Tiberius and, using a hundred uncertainties and contradictions, tries to solve this great enigma of a man, yet always avoids the solution because the enigma is the character.

Lionel Trilling “Tacitus Now” The Liberal Imagination

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~ by severalfourmany on April 18, 2009.

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