The Twelve Caesars

Suetonius (69–140), translated by Kline, A. S. (contact-email)

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Gaius Suetonius Tranquillus, born around 69AD in what is now Algeria, served under Emperor Hadrian but was later dismissed under unspecified circumstances. As a Roman historian, he is best known for The Twelve Caesars, detailing the lives of Julius Caesar and his successors until Domitian. These biographies, crafted around 121AD, draw from Imperial archives, eyewitness testimonies, and various historical sources. They offer insights into the emperors’ ancestry, traits, and political trajectories, and include unique details, contributing significantly to our understanding of figures like Caligula and Claudius. Despite debates over its historical accuracy, Suetonius’s work remains a vivid depiction of early Imperial Rome. This new, complete, English translation, is accompanied by an in-depth name index.

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Kline, A. S.

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