A prominent lawyer and administrator, Pliny (c. AD 61-113) was also a prolific letter-writer.
Betty Radice was an honorary fellow of St Hilda's College, Oxford and vice-president of the Classical Association. She was a renowned translator of both Latin and Greek.
In the surviving books of his Histories the barrister-historian Tacitus, writing some thirty years after the events he describes, gives us a detailed account based on excellent authorities. In the 'long but single year' of revolution four emperors emerge in succession: Galba, Otho, Vitellius and Vespasian - who established the Flavian dynasty.
Rhiannon Ash stays true to the spirit of Wellesley's prose whilst making the translation more accessible to modern readers.