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The Lives of the Twelve Caesars

The Lives of the Twelve Caesars by Gaius Suetonius Tranquillus
By: (c75 - c160 AD)

"The Lives of the Twelve Caesars" by Gaius Suetonius Tranquillus is a riveting and meticulously researched biography of the first twelve Roman emperors. Suetonius provides an in-depth look at the lives and reigns of these powerful figures, offering insights into their personalities, accomplishments, and controversies.

The author's attention to detail and thorough examination of historical sources make this book an invaluable resource for anyone interested in ancient Roman history. Suetonius presents each emperor as a complex and multidimensional figure, shedding light on their strengths and weaknesses, successes and failures.

One of the most compelling aspects of the book is Suetonius' willingness to delve into the personal lives of the emperors, including their relationships, intrigues, and scandals. This humanizing approach makes the individuals come alive on the page, allowing readers to better understand the motivations and decisions that shaped their legacies.

Overall, "The Lives of the Twelve Caesars" is a captivating and informative read that offers a fascinating glimpse into the world of ancient Rome. Suetonius' engaging writing style and meticulous research make this book a must-read for history enthusiasts and anyone interested in the lives of these iconic figures.

Book Description:

The Twelve Caesars is a set of twelve biographies of Julius Caesar and the first 11 emperors of the Roman Empire. The work was written in 121 during the reign of the emperor Hadrian, while Suetonius was Hadrian’s personal secretary. On the Life of the Caesars concentrates on the acts and personalities of the Julio-Claudians and their immediate successors. Together with Tacitus’ Annals, this work is a major source for the historical details in Robert Graves’ novels “I Claudius” and “Claudius the God”.

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