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The Twelve Caesars - Suetonius, Michael Grant, Robert Graves
The Twelve Caesars
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As private secretary to the Emporer Hadrian, Suetonius gained access to the imperial archives and used them (along with carefully gathered eye-witness accounts ) to produce one of the most colourful biographical works in history. "The Twelve Caesars" chronicles the lives of the men who wielded... show more
As private secretary to the Emporer Hadrian, Suetonius gained access to the imperial archives and used them (along with carefully gathered eye-witness accounts ) to produce one of the most colourful biographical works in history. "The Twelve Caesars" chronicles the 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 and stability that came with his successors. A masterpiece of anecdote, wry observation and detailed physical description, this text presents us with a gallery of vividly drawn - and all too human - individuals.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780140449211 (0140449213)
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Pages no: 363
Edition language: Latin
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Lisa (Harmony)
Lisa (Harmony) rated it
4.0 The Twelve Caesars
A friend who teaches Latin for a living told me it was this book, along with Tacitus’ Annals, that made her fall in love with Ancient Rome and change her concentration. Suetonius was a secretary to one of the Roman emperors, Hadrian, so one would expect he’d have an understanding of imperial Rome an...
Diocletian
Diocletian rated it
A must read for any Roman History fan. It is the gossip tabloid of the ancient world. That does not mean that it is not historical, however, just that much of it is gossip and rumor. Now that I have read this, it is time to read the Secret History by Procopius!
Tin Story Elephant
Tin Story Elephant rated it
5.0
OK, this may mark me forever as a nerd, but this was one of my favorite books in high school.
Bettie's Books
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4.0
Wonderful read.
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