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Title: Tacitus—of the Germans

Creator: Walt Whitman

Date: Between 1850 and 1860

Whitman Archive ID: nyp.00027

Source: The Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature, New York Public Library. Transcribed from digital images of the original item. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the marginalia and annotations, see our statement of editorial policy.

Editorial note: At one point, this manuscript likely formed part of Whitman's cultural geography scrapbook. Floyd Stovall notes that Whitman's translation comes from Arthur Murphy's translation of The Historical Annals of Cornelius Tacitus. See "Notes on Whitman's Reading," American Literature 26 (November 1954), 355.

Contributors to digital file: Nicole Gray, Lauren Grewe, Ty Alyea, Matt Cohen, and Kevin McMullen

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Tacitus—of the Germans (? Scythians).

"In ancient songs they celebrate Tuisto, a god sprung from the earth, and his son Mannus, the origin & founder of their nation. To Mannus they assign three sons"

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