Romans and barbarians in Tacitus' battle narratives

Romans and barbarians in Tacitus’ battle narratives

By Ryan Michael Seeger

Master’s Thesis, University of Georgia, 2002

Abstract: The purpose of the study is to examine how Tacitus constructs ethnic stereotypes, namely those of the Romans and of the barbarians, in his battle narratives. The first section of the study explores his descriptions of technical aspects of the battle narrative, such as topography, use of weaponry, battle formations, and sieges. The second section examines the value judgments that Tacitus makes about the combatants and their actions, discussing the themes of discipline and virtus, as well as the leaders