Select Bilbiography on Tacitus and the Opera Minora



The secondary literature on Tacitus is immense.  This short selection is merely intended as a basic reference and starting point.  Those who wish to explore general Tacitean bibliography more fully are directed to 1) the surveys published every few years in Classical World; 2) the bibliography in Martin's Tacitus which is representative but good; 3) the ANRW bibliographies listed below.



I. Bibliographies

Vol. II.33.2 of Aufstieg und Niedergang der Ršmischen Welt (1990) contains several bibliographies of Tacitean scholarship published up to ca. 1986.  Other volumes in the II.33 series contain many articles about Tacitus.  ANRW II.33.3 is devoted entirely to articles on the Germania and the Agricola.


Benario, H.W. ŅRecent Work on TacitusÓ.  Classical World 80.2 (1986).



CW 89.2 (1995) 91-168


Stadele, A.  "Tacitus' Germania. Bericht uber die Veroffentlichung der Jahre 1976-1995 (Auswahl)." Gymnasium 104.6 (1997) 523-539.

II. Concordance

Blackman, D.R. and G.G. Betts.  Concordantia Tacitea.  A Concordance to Tacitus..  Hildesheim 1986.


III. General Studies

Dorey, T.A., ed.  Tacitus.  London 1969. [collection of essays]

Goodyear, F.R.D.  Tacitus.  Greece and Rome Surveys 4.  Oxford 1970.  [a short, very readable introduction to the historian.  In the seminar room.]

______________.  ŅTacitus.Ó  In The Cambridge History of Classical Literature II.  Latin Literature, E.J. Kenney and W.V. Clausen, edd., 642-55.  Cambridge 1982.

Luce, T.J. ŅTacitus.Ó In Ancient Writers.  Greece and Rome II, T.J. Luce, ed., 1003-33.  New York 1982.

________ and A.J. Woodman, edd.  Tacitus and the Tacitean Tradition.  Princeton 1993. [new collection of very high quality conference papers]

Martin, R.H.  Tacitus.  Berkeley and Los Angeles 1981.  [The best general study of Tacitus; clearly written and well-organized.]

Mellor, R.  Tacitus.  Routledge 1993. [introduction for the general reader]

Mendell, C.W.  Tacitus, the man and his work.  New Haven 1957.

Syme, R.  Tacitus.  2 vols.  Oxford 1956. [The best and most authoritative study of the historian.  For neither the faint-of-heart nor the casual reader, but worth the effort both as an example of superior scholarship and as a study in Tacitus.]

________..  Ten Studies in Tacitus.  Oxford 1970. [esp. ŅThe Senator as HistorianÓ and ŅThe Political Opinions of TacitusÓ]

IV. Agricola


Furneaux, H., ed.  Vita Agricolae.  Oxford 1898.

Gudeman, A., ed.  Tacitus De vita Iulii Agricolae and De Germania.  Boston 1928.

Heubner, H.  Kommentar zum Agricola des Tacitus.  Gšttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht 1984.

Ogilvie, R.M. and Sir Ian Richmond, edd.  Cornelii Taciti De Vita Agricolae.  Oxford 1967.


Baldwin, B.  "Tacitus, Agricola 21: an explanation."  Mnemosyne 43 (1990) 455-56.

Barr, W.  "Tacitus, Agricola 44.4." LCM 17.1 (1992) 6-7

Beck, Jan-Wilhelm.  "Germania", "Agricola": Zwei Kapital zu Tacitus' zwei kleinen Schriften.  Olms 1998.

Bews, J.P.  "Language and Style in Tacitus' Agricola."  G&R 201-211.

Burn, A.R.  "Tacitus on Britain."  In Tacitus, T.A. Dorey, ed., 35-61.  London 1969.

Clarke, K.  "An Island Nation. Re-Reading Tacitus' Agricola." JRS 91 (2001) 94-112.

Filippis Cappai, Chiara de.  "I rapporti tra Agricola e Domiziano nella biografia tacitiana."  CCC 10 (1989) 273-82.

Fritz, K. von.  "Tacitus, Agricola and the Problem of the Principate."  CP 52 (1957) 73-97.

Nesselhauf, H.  "Tacitus and Domitian."  Hermes 80 (1952) 222-45.

Richmond, I.A.  "Gnaeus Iulius Agricola."  JRS 34 (1944) 34-45.

Rutledge, S. H. "Tacitus in Tartan: Textual Colonization and Expansionist Discourse in the Agricola." Helios 27.1 (2000) 75-95

Sailor, D.  ŅBecoming Tacitus: Significance and Inconsequentiality in the Prologue of Agricola  Classical Antiquity 23.1 (2004) 139-77.

Steinmetz, P.  "Die literarische Form des Agricola des Tacitus."  In Der Altsprachliche Unterricht Beiheft 1 zu R.  14 (1971) 129-41.

Turner, A.J. "Approaches to Tacitus' Agricola." Latomus 56.3 (1997) 582-93.

Wellesley, K.  "Tacitus Agricola 44.4." LCM 17.3 (1992) 42-3.

V. Germania


Anderson, J.G.C., ed.  Cornelii Taciti De origine et situ Germanorum.  Oxford 1938.

Furneaux, H., ed.  Cornelii Taciti De Germania   Oxford 1894.

Gudeman, A., ed.  Tacitus De vita Iulii Agricolae and De Germania.  Boston 1928.

Lund, A.A., ed.  P. Cornelius Tacitus: Germania.  Heidelberg 1988.

Much, R., ed.  Die Germania des Tacitus.  Heidelberg 19673.

Mullenhoff, K., ed.  Die Germania des Tacitus.  Berlin 1900.

Perret, J., ed. and trans.  La Germanie.  Paris 1949.

Rives,J.B., trans.  Tacitus: Germania.  (with an introduction and commentary).  Oxford 1999.

Robinson, R.P., ed.  The Germania of Tacitus.  APA Monograph 5.  Middletown, CT 1935. [largely devoted to the ms. tradition of the Germania]

Zernial, U., ed.  Tacitus' Germania.  Berlin 18972.


Beck, Jan-Wilhelm.  "Germania", "Agricola": Zwei Kapital zu Tacitus' zwei kleinen Schriften.  Olms 1998.

BŸchner, K.  "Tacitus: Germania."  In Studien zur ršmischen Literatur, vol. 8, 230-52.  Wiesbaden 1970.

Dobesch, G.  "Principis dignationem: zur Deutung von Tacitus, Germania 13,2."  Chiron 23 (1993) 29-51

Jankuhn, H.  "ArchŠologische Bemerkungen zur GlaubwŸrdigkeit des Tacitus in der Germania."  Akad. Wiss. Gottingen, Nachrichten, 411-86.  Gšttingen 1966.

Jankuhn, H. and D. Timpe, edd.  BeitrŠge zum VerstŠndis der Germania des Tacitus.  2 vols.  Gšttingen 1989. [collection of eleven conference articles covering all aspects of the Germania]

Kraggerud, E.  Der Namensatz der taciteischen Germania.  Oslo 1981.

Krapf, L.  Germanenmythus und Reichsideologie.  FrŸhhumanistische Rezeptionsweisen der taciteischen >>Germania<<.  TŸbingen 1979.

Lund, A.A., Germanenideologie im Nationalsozialismus: zur Rezeption der Germania des Tacitus im "Dritten Reich".  Heidelberg: Universitatsverlag C. Winter, 1995. [a fascinating book!]

Morgan, M. Gwyn.  'Tacitus on Germany: Roman History or Latin Literature', in L. Schulze and W. Wetzels, edd., Literature and History, New York, 1983, 87-118

O'Gorman, E.  "No Place like Rome: Identity and Difference in the Germania of Tacitus."  Ramus 22.2 (1992) 135-54

Norden, E.  Die germanische Urgeschichte in Tacitus' Germania.  Berlin 19233.

Staedle, A.  "Neues von der Germania des Tacitus, oder: Das Ende einer Legende?"  Anregung 36 (1990) 156-68. 

Thompson, E.A.  The Early Germans.  Oxford 1965.

Timpe, D.  "Der Namensatz der taciteischen Germania."  Chiron 23 (1993) 323-52.

Wolff, E.  "Das Geschichtliche Verstehen in Tacitus Germania."  Hermes 69 (1934) 121-166.

VI. Dialogus

Commentaries and editions

Bennett, C.F., ed.  Tacitus: Dialogus de oratoribus.  Text with commentary.  Boston 1894 (reprinted Caratzas 1983)

Bo, D., ed.  Cornelii Taciti Dialogus de oratoribus.  Torino 1974.

Gudeman, A., ed.  P. Cornelii Taciti Dialogus De Oratoribus.  Amsterdam 1967 (revised version of the original 1894 edition).

GŸngerich, R.  Kommentar zum Dialogus des Tacitus.  Gšttingen 1980.

Mayer, Roland.  Tacitus Dialogus de oratoribus.  Cambridge 2001.

Michel, A., ed.  Tacitus, Cornelius.  Dialogus de oratoribus. Paris 1962.


Allison, June W. "Tacitus' Dialogus and Plato's Symposium." Hermes 127.4 (1999) 479-92.

Bardon, H.  "Tacite et le Dialogue des Orateurs."  Latomus 12 (1953) 166-87.

Barnes, T.D.  "The Significance of Tacitus' Dialogus de Oratoribus."  HSCP 90 (1986) 225-44.

Barwick, K.  Der Dialogus de oratoribus des Tacitus.   Berichte der sŠchischen Akademie des Wissenschaft 101.4.  Berlin 1954.

Bo, Domenico.  Le principali problematiche del Dialogus de oratoribus : panoramica storico-critica dal 1426 al 1990.  Spudasmata  51.  Hildesheim 1993.

Bringmann, K.  "Aufbau und Absicht des taciteischen Dialogus de oratoribus."  MH 27 (1970) 164-78.

Brink, C.O.  "Quintilian's De causis corruptae eloquentiae and Tacitus' Dialogus de oratoribus."  CQ 39 (1989) 472-503.

_________.  "History in the 'Dialogus de oratoribus' and Tacitus the Historian.  A New Approach to an Old Source."  Hermes 121.3 (1993) 335-49.

_________.  "A bipartite stemma of Tacitus' Dialogus de oratoribus and some transmitted variants."  ZPE 102 (1994) 131-52.

_________.  "Can Tacitus' Dialogus be Dated?" HSCP (1994) 251-80.

Bruno, L.  Tacito e la poesia. Critica dell'oratoria e difesa della poesia nel Dialogus de oratoribus.  Salerno 1948.

Brure, R.T.  "Tacitus and Pliny's Panegyricus."  CP 49 (1954) 161-79.

BŸchner, K.  "Tacitus: Dialogus."  In Studien zur ršmischen Literatur, vol. 8, 253-98.  Wiesbaden 1970.

Costa, C.D.N.  "The Dialogus."  In Tacitus, T.A. Dorey, ed., 35-61.  London 1969.

Goldberg, S.  ŌAppreciating Aper: The Defence of Modernity in TacitusÕ Dialogus de oratoribusÕ, CQ 49.1 (1999) 224-37

Gugel, H.  Untersuchungen zu Stil und Aufbau des Rednersdialogs des Tacitus.  Innsbruck 1969.

GŸngerich, R.  "Der Dialogus des Tacitus und Quintilians Institutio Oratoria."  CP 46 (1951) 159-64.

____________.  "Tacitus' Dialogus und der Panegyricus des Plinius."  In Festschrift B. Snell, 145-62.  Munich 1956.

HŠussler, R.  "Zum Anfang und Aufbau des Dialogus des Oratoribus."  Philologus 93 (1969) 24-67.

Heilmann, W.  "'Goldene Zeit' und geschichtliche Zeit im Dialogus de oratoribus.  Zur Geschichtsauffassung des Tacitus."  Gymnasium 96 (1989) 385-405.

Hermann, L.  "Quintilian et le Dialogue des Orateurs."  Latomus 14 (1955) 349-69.

Keyssner, K.  "Betrachtungen zum Dialogus als Kunstwerk und Bekenntnis."  WŸrzburger Studien 9 (1936) 94-115.

Koestermann, R.  "Der taciteische Dialogus und Ciceros Schrift De re publica."  Hermes 65 (1930) 396-421.

Kolosova, O.G. "Fate of a Man and of the Empire in 'De Oratoribus' by Tacitus (On the Interpretation of the Dialogue).Ó [n Russian] VDI 226 (1998) 168-88.

Koutroubas, D.E.  "Cicero in Tacitus' Dialogus de oratoribus."  In G' panell®nio sumpńsio latinikÅn spoudÅn, 123-46.  Thessalonike 1989. [in Greek, with English summary]

Levene, D.S. "Tacitus' 'Dialogus' as Literary History." TAPA 134.1 (2004) 157-200.

Luce, T.J.  "Reading and Response in the Dialogus."  In Tacitus and the Tacitean Tradition, T.J. Luce and A.J. Woodman, edd., 11-38.  Princeton 1993.

Merklin, H.  "Probleme des 'Dialogus de oratoribus'".  Antike und Abendland 34 (1988) 170-89.

_________.  "'Dialogus'-Probleme in der neueren Forschung.  †berlieferungsgeschichte, Echtheitsbeweis und Umfang der LŸcke."  Anrw II.33.3 (1991) 2255-83.

Michel, A.  Le 'Dialogus des Orateurs' de Tacite et la philosophie de CicŽron.  Paris 1962.

Murgia, C.E.  "Loci Conclamati in the Minor Works of Tacitus."  CSCA 11 (1978) 159-78.

__________.  "The Length of the Lacuna in Tacitus' Dialogus."  CSCA 12 (1979) 221-40.

__________.  "The Date of Tacitus' Dialogus."  HSCP 84 (1980) 99-125.

__________.  "Pliny's Letters and the Dialogus." HSCP 89 (1985) 171-206.

Richter, W.  Zur Rekonstruktion des Dialogus de oratoribus.  Gottingen 1961.

Romaniello, G.  "Il Dialogus de oratoribus", nella definitiva soluzione della "vexata quaestio".  Roma 1968.