The Twelve Caesars

The Twelve Caesars

Book - 2006
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As private secretary to the Emperor 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. It 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 and stability that came with his successors. A masterpiece of anecdote, wry observation and detailed physical description, the book presents us with a gallery of vividly drawn, and all too human individuals.
Publisher: London : Penguin Books, 2006
Edition: 60th anniversary edition
Description: xix, 363 p. ; 20 cm
ISBN: 9780140455342
Branch Call Number: 937 Sue


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Dec 22, 2010

Historical figures often become greater than they were when historians assess their lives. Suetonius didn't do this with the first twelve Caesars. I'll admit his bias shows but it's still fun to read about a group of the most powerful men in ancient history who were often as flawed as anyone who has ever been exposed in People Magazine.

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