Suetonius Vespasian

Suetonius Vespasian

Paperback Language: Latin

By (author) Suetonius


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  • Publisher: Bristol Classical Press
  • Format: Paperback | 162 pages
  • Language: Latin
  • Dimensions: 148mm x 206mm x 14mm | 222g
  • Publication date: 30 October 2007
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1853995843
  • ISBN 13: 9781853995842
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations

Product description

The emperor Vespasian (AD69-79) is universally regarded as one of the better Roman emperors. Coming to the throne after the demise of Nero and the bitterness of a year-long civil war, he restored the empire's finances and inaugurated a period of peace and prosperity. Tacitus, Pliny and Josephus had a high regard for Vespasian, portraying him as an astute commander and an excellent emperor. In comparison with the comments of these contemporary or near-contemporary writers, Suetonius' biography, produced some fifty years after the emperor's death, is quite detailed. He too admired Vespasian. For him, Vespasian was a very shrewd administrator, who liked to be seen as having the common touch and as an ex-soldier with a ribald sense of humour. These and other aspects of his character are revealed in a series of anecdotes, always amusing and always opposite. This edition (the first since 1930) offers a newly revised text with a general introduction and detailed commentary. Comparison is continually drawn between Vespasian and other accounts of the reign, especially that of Dio Cassius, the only other substantial account but written a century after that of Suetonius.

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