Ten Studies in Tacitus.
Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1970. 152p. Cloth wrps. Wrps protected with mylar, dust wrps glued to paste-down endpapers. Library stamps to edges. Withdrawn library copy (stamp on last endpage). Back cover warped. Initials stamp, date and personal library mark on free endpaper. 'It is very good to have these essays by Syme under one cover (...) Four of them began as lectures, and of those four three ('The Senator as Historian', 'How Tacitus came to History', and 'Tacitus on Gaul'), treat of themes which were picked up in the book (Syme's 'Tacitus', 1957 - ND, Scrinium); the fourth, which is the hitherto unpublished final essay in this collection and was delivered in Hanover in 1961, is called 'The Political Opinions of Tacitus'. The rest are the masterly prosopographical studies, on the Lepidi, the Pisones, Fabius Justus, personal names in Annals I-VI, and Servilius Nonianus, with an expansion of what was said in the book about Tacitus' obituary notices. (...) The 'tour de force' of the whole collection is perhaps the essay, reprinted from 'Hermes' 1964, on Servilius Nonianus. How often have some of us (...) said that the 'sources' of Tacitus were largely a non-question because even when you know their names you know virtually nothing else of substance about them that would make a critical standpoint possible! Well, here Syme brings one of them vividly and sympathetically alive by means of his characteristic combination of deduction and divination.' (JOHN CROOK in The Classical Revies (New Series), 1972, pp.221-22).