The Twelve Caesars

The Twelve Caesars

eBook - 2007
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Based on eyewitness accounts and his own unlimited access to the Emperor Hadrian's Imperial archives, the scholar Suetonius wrote a sweeping account of the lives of twelve of Rome's most powerful emperors. From the empire's most shining examples of ruling competency, such as Julius Caesar and Augustus, to the most depraved and doomed rulers, such as Nero, this ancient and colorful biographical work presents a vivid and accessible picture of these historical figures from remote antiquity.This classic work was translated from the Latin by Robert Graves, renowned classicist, historian, and historical novelist. Combining his extensive expertise in classical history with deft writing skill and an ability to spin a good tale, Graves' excellent translation makes this classic work accessible to modern audiences.
Publisher: London ; New York : Penguin Books, 2007
Edition: Rev. ed
ISBN: 9780141915890
0141915897
9781101487440
1101487445
9780795337642
0795337647
9780140455168
0140455167
Characteristics: 1 online resource (lviii, 398 p.) : maps
Additional Contributors: Graves, Robert 1895-1985
Rives, J. B.

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Kharis
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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