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The Lives of the Twelve Caesars, Volume 01: Julius Caesar   By: (75-160)

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This historical account provides a fascinating look into the lives of Julius Caesar and the other eleven emperors who followed him. Suetonius Tranquillus offers a thorough examination of the political and personal lives of these influential figures, shedding light on their rise to power, their governing styles, and the scandals and controversies that surrounded them.

The author's detailed descriptions and vivid storytelling bring these historical figures to life, allowing readers to truly understand the complexities of their characters and the impact they had on the Roman Empire. From Caesar's ambitious conquests to Augustus' efforts to restore stability, each emperor's story is presented with a blend of historical accuracy and engaging narrative.

Although the book can be dense at times with its wealth of information, the author's meticulous research and attention to detail make it a valuable resource for anyone interested in Roman history. Overall, The Lives of the Twelve Caesars is a captivating read that offers a unique perspective on some of the most famous leaders of ancient Rome.

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By C. Suetonius Tranquillus;

To which are added,


The Translation of Alexander Thomson, M.D.

revised and corrected by T.Forester, Esq., A.M.


C. Suetonius Tranquillus was the son of a Roman knight who commanded a legion, on the side of Otho, at the battle which decided the fate of the empire in favour of Vitellius. From incidental notices in the following History, we learn that he was born towards the close of the reign of Vespasian, who died in the year 79 of the Christian era. He lived till the time of Hadrian, under whose administration he filled the office of secretary; until, with several others, he was dismissed for presuming on familiarities with the empress Sabina, of which we have no further account than that they were unbecoming his position in the imperial court. How long he survived this disgrace, which appears to have befallen him in the year 121, we are not informed; but we find that the leisure afforded him by his retirement, was employed in the composition of numerous works, of which the only portions now extant are collected in the present volume... Continue reading book >>

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