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Dates: 55 - 120 (Dates are approximate. ) 

Tacitus was born into an equestrian family in northern Italy or southern Gaul. He studied rhetoric to prepare for a career in politics and eventually became a senator of the Roman Empire. As a historian, he covered the reign of Roman emporers in his most well-known works, the Annals and the Histories. Two other important works by Tacitus are Germania, about the Germanic peoples, lands and customs, and Agricola , a biography of his father-in-law. TLM