Comparison Of Agricola And Charlemagne In Agricola, Tacitus recounts the contrast between barbarian peoples living in such backward area such as Britain and the civilized Romans in the heart of the empire through the life of Agricola. Agricola is depicted with all the standard attributes of the prudent and successful general. Tacitus reveals that in spite of all, Agricola decided to go and meet peril (Tacitus 69). Thus this depicts Agricola as warrior-like as well as a successful general. Also, the Roman noble was born to a tradition of service to the state as seen through Agricola. Moreover, Tacitus idealizes Agricolas most prominent characteristic of moderation, which is, self-effacing behavior in order not to provoke the displeasure and jealously of the people around him. For instance, Tacitus points out, Agricola understood the feelingresolved to root out the causes of rebellionBeginning with himself and his staff, he enforced discipline in his own establishment first (Tacitus 70).
Moreover, Agricola would instill education among the barbaric people of Britain as Agricola educated the sons of the chiefs in the liberal artsspeak Latin language effectivelyand spoke of civilization (Tacitus 73). Thus Agricola is shown as a sensible man with much achievements in Britain. As a result, Agricola is a man whose achievements far excel those of other men who pursue courses of willful independence and die ostentatious death. Charlemagne was considered great because he was a strong ruler who brought about numerous changes in Europe. Like Agricola, Charlemagne was depicted as being successful in wars, as Charlemagne pressed on energeticallyrefusing to withdraw from a campaign already startedbrought to complete fruition what he was striving to achieve (Charlemagne 59). Furthermore, Charlemagne was determined to make his kingdom as strong as possible.
Thus Charlemagne would enlarge his realm[also] aimed at making his kingdom more attractive and at increasing public utility (Charlemagne 71). Similar to Agricola, Charlemagne was very devoted to education and he never stopped studying himself. As one can see from the excerpt, Charlemagne orders that the great collection of books which he has made in his library shall be bought at a reasonable price by anybody who wants to have them (Charlemagne 89). Furthermore, the most important aspect of Charlemagnes conquests, comparable to Agricola, was his uncanny ability to organize. Importantly to Charlemagne, unlike that of Agricola, Charlemagne had a deep devotion to the church as he commanded the bishops and churchmen to restore sacred edifices (Charlemagne 71). Altogether Agricola and Charlemagne can both be seen as successful generals who were able to organize and make the area European History.