Suetonius: Lives of the Caesars, book I-IV

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Harvard University Press, 1998 - Biography & Autobiography - 507 pages
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Suetonius (C. Suetonius Tranquillus, born ca. 70 CE), son of a military tribune, was at first an advocate and a teacher of rhetoric, but later became the emperor Hadrian's private secretary, 119-121. He dedicated to C. Septicius Clarus, prefect of the praetorian guard, his Lives of the Caesars. After the dismissal of both men for some breach of court etiquette, Suetonius apparently retired and probably continued his writing. His other works, many known by title, are now lost except for part of the Lives of Illustrious Men (of letters).

Friend of Pliny the Younger, Suetonius was a studious and careful collector of facts, so that the extant lives of the emperors (including Julius Caesar the dictator) to Domitian are invaluable. His plan in Lives of the Caesars is: the emperor's family and early years; public and private life; death. We find many anecdotes, much gossip of the imperial court, and various details of character and personal appearance. Suetonius's account of Nero's death is justly famous.

The Loeb Classical Library edition of Suetonius is in two volumes. Both volumes were revised throughout in 1997-98, and a new Introduction added.

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Review: Claudius/Nero/Galba/Otho/Vitellius/Vespasian/Titus/Domitian/Lives of Illustrious Men/Grammarians & Rhetoricians (lives of the caesars 2)

User Review  - Birgitta Hoffmann - Goodreads

Not only a good translation of the later Lives of the Caesars, but also of the Lives of the Poets, Grammarians and Rhetoricians. BTW: Suetonius' Life of Horace makes an interesting introduction to ... Read full review

Review: Julius/Augustus/Tiberius/Gaius/Caligula (Lives of the Caesars 1)

User Review  - Alicia - Goodreads

Absolutely fascinating read. I have always loved history and this book details the lives of some amazing people. I enjoyed how detailed and unbiased Suetonius is in his assessment of their lives. I ... Read full review



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