Lives of the Twelve Caesars

Lives of the Twelve Caesars

Paperback Wadsworth Classics of World Literature

By (author) Suetonius, Introduction by Tamsyn Barton, Translated by H. M. Bird, Series edited by Tom Griffith

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  • Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 384 pages
  • Dimensions: 126mm x 196mm x 24mm | 240g
  • Publication date: 1 August 1997
  • Publication City/Country: Herts
  • ISBN 10: 185326475X
  • ISBN 13: 9781853264757
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Sales rank: 33,680

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Suetonius, chronicler of the extraordinary personalities of the first dynasties to rule the Roman Empire, was the greatest Latin biographer. His colourful work, Lives of the Twelve Caesars, is, along with Tacitus, the major source for the period from Julius Caesar to Domitian. He sets out in vivid detail a great range of aspects illuminating the emperor's characters, their habits, from table to bedchamber - their intrigues, their loves and their deaths. Himself a court official, he quotes from a variety of sources, from the official and private documents as well as from old anecdotes, gossip, songs and jokes, giving an unparalleled oblique view of his subjects. Long familiar to students of classics, he found a new audience as the main source for Robert Graves' novels and the subsequent television series I, Claudius.

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