Friday, July 17, 2020


The Authorship of the Germania

This is a footnote to Bold Theories About Tacitus. A.N. Sherwin-White, "Tacitus and the Barbarians," in his Racial Prejudice in Ancient Rome (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1967), pp. 33-61, expresses doubt about the Tacitean authorship of the treatise Germania, at p. 34:
In Tacitus' historical books, and in the Germania, if its author is in truth Tacitus, there is a change of attitude due to the passage of time.
Id., p. 42. n. 1:
If the authorship of the Germania is not to be doubted, the difference of emphasis is all the more remarkable.
Sherwin-White (passim) refers to "the author of the Germania" or "the author." He gives no reason for his doubt and cites no other authorities. The only other scholar known to me who subscribes to this theory is Leo Wiener, Contributions Towards a History of Arabico-Gothic Culture, Vol. III: Tacitus' Germania & Other Forgeries (Philadelphia: Innes & Sons, 1920).

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