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The Twelve Caesars
Author: Suetonius

ISBN: 9780241261675
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 432
Published: 14 November 2016
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 18.0 x 10.9 x 2.7
Description:
This vivid, racy account of the men who wielded absolute power over ancient Rome - including maniacs, tyrants, warriors, sadists and murderers - is the source for nearly everything we know about one of the most dramatic periods in history.

About the Author

Not much is known about the life of Gaius Suetonius Tranquillus. He was probably born in AD 69- the famous 'year of the four Emperors'- when his father, a Roman knight, served as a colonel in a regular legion and took part in the Battle of Betriacum. 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 (AD 117-38).

He was one of several Palace officials, including the Guards Commander, whom Hadrian, when he returned from Britain, dismissed for behaving impolitely to the Empress Sabina. Suetonius seems to have lived to a good age and probably died around the year AD 140.

The titles of his books are recorded as follows: The Twelve Caesars, Royal Biographies, Lives of Famous Whores, Roman Masters and Customs,...

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