One of Publis Cornelius Tacitus' two works written in 98 AD, Agricola is a funeral panegyric and biographical history of his father-in-law, Cn. Julius Agricola, governor of the Roman province of Britain from 78 to 84 AD. He states one of his intentions in the first sentence of the work, "to bequeath to posterity a records of the deeds and characters of distinguished men." Throughout the eulogy, Tacitus praises his father-in-law for his Roman virtues, and as an example of gravitas and constantia -- "absolute self-control, a dignified, serious, and unperturbed attitude toward both good and bad fortune" and "perseverance...until success was won" and also dignitas in holding public office, particularly through the years of Domitian's tyranny. In the work, Tacitus has many harsh words of criticism for Domitian-- a man "armed...with hypocrisy," and an "irascible temper."