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Publius Cornelius Tacitus ( TASS-it-əs, Latin: [ˈtakɪtʊs]; c. AD 56 – c. 120) was a Roman historian and politician. Tacitus is widely regarded as one of the greatest Roman historians by modern scholars.He lived in what has been called the Silver Age of Latin literature, and has a reputation for the brevity and compactness of his Latin prose, as well as for his penetrating insights into the psychology of power politics.The surviving portions of his two major works—the Annals (Latin: Annales) and the Histories (Latin: Historiae)—examine the reigns of the emperors Tiberius, Claudius, Nero, and those who reigned in the Year of the Four Emperors (69 AD). These two works span the history of the Roman Empire from the death of Augustus, in 14 AD, to 70 AD in the First Jewish–Roman War of 66–73. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Tacitus has received more than 1,969,330 page views. His biography is available in 81 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 80 in 2019). Tacitus is the 5th most popular historian (down from 4th in 2019), the 67th most popular biography from France (down from 60th in 2019) and the most popular French Historian.

Tacitus is most famous for writing the Annals of Imperial Rome, a set of books that chronicle the history of Rome from the death of Augustus in 14 AD to the death of Nero in 68 AD.

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Among historians, Tacitus ranks 5 out of 341Before him are Herodotus, Ibn Khaldun, Thucydides, and Sima Qian. After him are Livy, Xenophon, Josephus, Polybius, Suetonius, Alexis de Tocqueville, and Diodorus Siculus.

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Among people born in 54, Tacitus ranks 1 Among people deceased in 120, Tacitus ranks 1After him are Dio Chrysostom, Nicomachus, and Gaius Octavius Tidius Tossianus Lucius Javolenus Priscus.

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In France

Among people born in France, Tacitus ranks 67 out of 5,234Before him are Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1520), Hector Berlioz (1803), Maurice Ravel (1875), Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres (1780), Henri Becquerel (1852), and Gustave Eiffel (1832). After him are Henri Bergson (1859), Charles Perrault (1628), Jacques-Louis David (1748), Louis the Pious (778), Francis I of France (1494), and Roman Polanski (1933).

Among HISTORIANS In France

Among historians born in France, Tacitus ranks 1After him are Alexis de Tocqueville (1805), Fernand Braudel (1902), Marc Bloch (1886), Hippolyte Taine (1828), Jacques Le Goff (1924), Lucien Febvre (1878), Joseph Justus Scaliger (1540), Gaston Maspero (1846), Geoffrey of Villehardouin (1150), Georges Duby (1919), and Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie (1929).