WOODMAN, A. J.,
Clarendon Press, 1998. 268p. Hardback. A. J. Woodman has always combined meticulous Latinity with a larger sweep, and his boldest suggestions, which often have important implications for Roman history, come from precise linguistic analysis ... Woodman is a brilliant Latinist, and his arguments demand engagement ... He is usually successful in opening up new possible interpretations and nuances ... Woodman is particularly strong, too, on the darker motifs: an emperor's treatment of Rome as a foreign city, the mismatch between the colourful ecpectations of historiography and the drab imperial reality. His work is the most important contribution to the study of Tacitus' technique since Syme's in the 1950s, and the collection was a very good idea. Christopher Pelling, TLS 31/03/1999 (Publisher's information).