Suetonius does an excellent job in painting an objective picture of the lives of the twelve caesars from julius caesar to domitian i was admittedly anticipating a biased account considering that suetonius was the chief secretary to hadrian during his reign. The twelve caesars is probably the most in depth book ever written about the personal lives of the twelve caesars suetonius goes to great lengths to reveal the way these men really were, as human beings. A suetonius reader: selections from the lives of the caesars & the life of horace the flavian emperors (bcp classical studies) series by suetonius.
This work was published before january 1, 1923, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago. Suetonius' twelve caesars is a key narrative source for the period it covers and, unlike tacitus, it has survived entire and is uninterrupted beginning with caesar himself, in the mid first century bc, it ends in ad 96 with domitian and covers the reigns of such emperors as tiberius, caligula, and nero. Suetonius provides a lot of information about what these emperors were like along with interesting details of daily roman life along the way enjoyable, humorous at times, and engaging, for those interested in the early principate, read suetonius's the twelve caesars. The twelve caesars chronicles the public careers and private lives of the men who wielded absolute power over rome, from the foundation of the empire under julius caesar and augustus, to the decline into depravity and civil war under nero and the recovery that came with his successors.
Suetonius’ the twelve caesars followed an established convention of the short biographical essay, which lent itself to convivial sharing before an audience but could also be used to explore important themes suetonius, who lived through a period of stable but despotic imperial rule, wanted to explore the nature of imperial power and how a. The twelve caesars [suetonius] on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers suetonius' classic treatise on the lives of the first twelve emperors of the roman empire. The twelve caesars the twelve caesars is a gripping account of the lives of men who shaped the early roman empire, and a catalog of the corrupting influence of power on rome and its leaders in this book you can learn about the early empire, the laws and traditions if that's what you want. The lives of the twelve caesars/claudius from wikisource the lives of the twelve caesars jump to navigation jump to search ←caligula the lives of the twelve caesars by gaius suetonius tranquillus, translated by j c rolfe claudius.
The lives of the twelve caesars is a work of biography, and its strength is the expounding upon human character, rather than history specifically suetonius relates how each of these successive emperors of the roman empire dealt with the office of supreme power. Suetonius’ most famous work is his collection of biographies of julius caesar and the first 11 roman emperors, known simply as the twelve caesars (caesares or de vita caesarum) the biographies are not wholly flattering nor are events told in chronological sequence but they reveal some candid details of rome’s first citizens. Written in ad 121, the twelve caesars spans the period from 49 bce to ad 96, one of the most important periods in antiquity suetonius's vivid characterizations portray the disastrous effects of absolute power: madness, obsessive fear of assassination, and a predilection for acts of sadism and sexual perversity. An essential primary source on roman history, suetonius' the twelve caesars is a fascinating achievement of scholarship covering a critical period in the empire this penguin classics edition is translated from the latin by robert graves, author of i, claudius, revised with an introduction and notes by james b rives. New listing the lives of the twelve caesars by suetonius - the heritage press - 1965.
The lives of the caesars include the biographies of julius caesar and the eleven subsequent emperors: augustus, tiberius, gaius caligula, claudius, nero, galba, otho, vitelius, vespasian, titus, domitian suetonius composed his material from a variety of sources, without much concern for their reliability. Gaius suetonius tranquillus (c71-c135): roman scholar and official, best-known as the author of the lives of the twelve caesars life roman official, first quarter of the second century. About the life of the caesars), commonly known as the twelve caesars, is a set of twelve biographies of julius caesar and the first 11 emperors of the roman empire written by gaius suetonius tranquillus. By: gaius suetonius tranquillus (c75 - c160 ad) the twelve caesars is a set of twelve biographies of julius caesar and the first 11 emperors of the roman empire the work was written in 121 during the reign of the emperor hadrian, while suetonius was hadrian’s personal secretary.
The twelve cæsars suetonius this vivid, racy account of the men who wielded absolute power over ancient rome - including maniacs, tyrants, warriors, sadists and murderers - is the source for nearly everything we know about one of the most dramatic periods in history. Suetonius was a 2nd century ce roman historian, who is best known for his work the twelve caesars, in which he writes of the twelve roman emperors, from julius caesar to domitian (49 bce to 96 ce) this little black classic is a wonder to behold. The lives of the twelve (12) caesars (modern library books series) an unexpurgated english edited with notes and an introduction by joseph gavorse [gaius suetonius tranquillus] published by published by the modern library, new york first thus edition 1931.
Written during the reign of hadrian, by hadrian personal secretary, suetonius, the twelve caesars was the most popular and longest of suetonius's surviving works. Translator’s note: the introductory paragraphs to the life of julius caesar are lost in all manuscriptsthe dates and notes in brackets throughout are my insertions, to allow the reader to follow the chronology without using footnotes. Below is a selection of extracts from suetonius’ twelve caesars: [on julius caesar]on the day before his murder he had dined at marcus lepidus’ house, where the topic discussed happened to be 'the best sort of death' – and let it come swiftly and unexpectedly, cried caesar. The incidents are adapted from suetonius’s on the lives of the caesars, a collection of imperial biographies written in latin in the second century ad latin edition of the twelve caesars.
Suetonius the twelve caesars if a friend asked me to tell him if it is worth it to read suetonius' book the twelve caesars, i would say it is this book, though old, is still very interesting and informative today. Suetonius: the lives of the twelve caesars the text on lacuscurtius the latin text is that of maximilian ihm in the teubner edition of 1907, with cosmetic changes as printed in the loeb classical library edition, 1913‑1914. 9idc h:9 the lives of the twelve caesars, to which are added his lives of the grammarians, rhetoricians, and poets-=: ig6cha6idc d a:m6c9:g -=dbhdc & +:kh:9 7n.