The Twelve Caesars
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Twelve Caesars by Suetonius
Book DescriptionAs private secretary to the Emperor Hadrian, the scholar Suetonius had access to the imperial archives and used them (along with eyewitness accounts) to produce one of the most colourful biographical works in history. "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. A masterpiece of observation, anecdote and detailed physical description, "The Twelve Caesars" presents us with a gallery of vividly drawn - and all too human - individuals.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780140455168
(198mm x 129mm x 20mm)
Imprint: Penguin Classics
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publish Date: 25-Oct-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Includes a general introduction; chronology of major events; What the Romans Knew; Rome and Its Institutions; suggested further reading; and, maps, family trees, a glossary, and an index of historical names.
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Author Biography - Suetonius
Gaius Suetonius Tranquillus was probably born in AD69 - the famous 'year of the four Emperors'. From the letters of Suetonius' close friend Pliny the Younger we learn that he practiced briefly at the bar, avoided political life, and became chief secretary to the Emperor Hadrian (AD117-38). Suetonius seems to have lived to a good age and probably died around the year AD140. James Rives teaches in the area of Classical Studies at Stanford University. Professor Rives is currently serving as Review Editor for Phoenix, Journal of the Classical Association of Canada.
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