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The Lives of the Twelve Caesars, Volume 11: Titus   By: (75-160)

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In "The Lives of the Twelve Caesars, Volume 11: Titus" by Gaius Suetonius Tranquillus, readers are treated to a revealing and fascinating account of the life and reign of one of Rome's most notable emperors. This volume focuses on the life of Titus, the successor of his infamous father, Vespasian.

The book offers an in-depth exploration of Titus' personal and political journey, from his upbringing in a noble family to his military conquests and his eventual rise to the imperial throne. Suetonius provides a comprehensive overview of Titus' accomplishments, his relationships with prominent figures of the time, and his policies as emperor. The author meticulously details Titus' military campaigns, including his pivotal role in the successful siege and destruction of Jerusalem, and his efforts to rebuild Rome after the devastation caused by the Great Fire.

What sets "The Lives of the Twelve Caesars, Volume 11: Titus" apart is Suetonius' meticulous research and attention to detail. He draws upon a wide range of sources, including official records, contemporary accounts, and interviews with those who knew Titus personally. This lends the book an air of credibility and adds depth to the narrative.

Another strength of this volume is the author's ability to bring the characters to life. Suetonius expertly portrays Titus as a charismatic and benevolent ruler, beloved by the people of Rome. Through his vivid descriptions, readers gain insights into Titus' personality, his sense of fairness, and his ability to connect with both the aristocracy and the common people. The book also explores Titus' relationships with his family, revealing the complexities of his bond with his father and his deeply influential relationship with his brother, Domitian.

Throughout the pages, Suetonius reveals the complexities and contradictions of Titus' reign. He explores the emperor's decision-making process and the challenges he faced, shedding light on the political intrigues and power struggles that characterized this period of Roman history. Suetonius' narrative style is engaging, making the book accessible to both scholars and general readers.

"The Lives of the Twelve Caesars, Volume 11: Titus" is a valuable addition to the historical literature on Ancient Rome, offering a comprehensive and intimate exploration of a pivotal figure in Roman history. Suetonius' meticulous research, vivid storytelling, and attention to detail make this book a must-read for anyone interested in understanding the complexities of Roman imperial power and the life of Titus, an emperor whose reign left a significant mark on the ancient world.

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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.



I. Titus, who had the same cognomen with his father, was the darling and delight of mankind; so much did the natural genius, address, or good fortune he possessed tend to conciliate the favour of all. This was, indeed, extremely difficult, after he became emperor, as before that time, and even during the reign of his father, he lay under public odium and censure. He was born upon the third of the calends of January, [30th Dec.] in the year remarkable for the death of Caius [776], near the Septizonium [777], in a mean house, and a very small and dark room, which still exists, and is shown to the curious.

II. He was educated in the palace with Britannicus, and instructed in the same branches of learning, and under the same masters... Continue reading book >>

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