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The Twelve Caesars

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Written during the reign of Hadrian, by Hadrian personal secretary, Suetonius, "The Twelve Caesars" was the most popular and longest of Suetonius's ... Show synopsis

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Brief Review of Suetonius

by ZEDSREVIEW on Jun 6, 2010

Suetonius? achievement is his brevity. He gives us the significant events in the rulership of each Caesar, some of their virtues and vices, and a few opinions. Plutarch is the better writer of style and narrative, but Suetonius suffices. The book is easy enough to read, and has a lot of anecdotes that are memorable. His history makes Seneca?s tragedies more realistic in the savage atrocities committed. The sacrifices of Astyanax and Polyxena in Seneca?s The Trojan Women are believable. In light of Suetonius? history, I don?t know that Seneca?s tragedies had the shock value then that they have since. The use of ghosts are consistent between Suetonius and Seneca. Suetonius does not mythologize, except perhaps in stories of omens. If he reports legends or rumors, which is infrequent, he will usually say so.

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