The Twelve Caesars
by Suetonius, Robert Graves, James B. Rives
Editor: Penguin Books Ltd
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An indispensable primary source on Roman history, Suetone ” The Twelve Caesars is a fascinating scholarship realization covering a critical period in the Empire.This Penguin Classics edition is translated from Latin by Robert Graves, the author of I, Claudius, revised with an introduction and notes by James BRivesAs the private secretary of Emperor Hadrian, the Suetone scholar had access to the imperial archives and used (with witness accounts) to produce one of the most colourful, biographical books in history.The Twelve Caesars of the chronicle of the public career and the private life of the men who exercised the absolute power of Rome, from the foundation of the empire under Julius Caesar and Augustus, to the decline in depravity and civil war under Nero and the recovery that came with his successors.A masterpiece of observation, anecdote and detailed physical description, The Twelve Caesars presents us a gallery of intensely drawn and too humane individuals.James BRives delicately updated Robert Graves is now classic, translating, restoring the Latin terms and updating the vocabulary while preserving the flavor of the originalThis edition contains a new chronology, additional readings, glossaries, maps, notes and an introduction to Suetone,”Life and Works”.Caius Suetonius Tranquillus was probably born in AD69 – the famous “year of the four Emperors”.According to letters from Suetone’s “close friend Pliny the Younger” we learn that he practiced briefly at the bar, to avoid, in political life, and became chief secretary of Emperor Hadrian (AD117-38)Suetone seems to have lived at a good age and probably died around the year AD140If you liked The Twelve Caesars, you could, as Tacit of The History of Imperial Rome, also available in Penguin ClassicsThe Swedish, in a mirror to those Caesars to hijack the legend, reflects not only them, but ourselves: half tempted creatures, whose great moral task is to keep the angel in equilibrium.
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