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Western Civilization

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Western Civilization

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 |
|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.                                     |
|Where was this source   |                                                                                                         |
|written?                 |...

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