An essential primary source on Roman history anda fascinating achievement of scholarship covering a critical period in the Empire As private secretary to the Emperor Hadrian, the scholar Suetonius had access to the imperial archives and used them (along with eyewitness accounts) to produce one of the most colourful biographical works in history. The Twelve Caesars chronicles the public careers and private lives of the men who wielded absolute power over Rome, from the foundation of the empire under Julius Caesar and ...
An essential primary source on Roman history anda fascinating achievement of scholarship covering a critical period in the Empire As private secretary to the Emperor Hadrian, the scholar Suetonius had access to the imperial archives and used them (along with eyewitness accounts) to produce one of the most colourful biographical works in history. The Twelve Caesars chronicles the public careers and private lives of the men who wielded absolute power over Rome, from the foundation of the empire under Julius Caesar and Augustus, to the decline into 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 with a gallery of vividly drawn and all too human individuals. James B. Rives has sensitively updated Robert Graves's now classic translation, reinstating Latin terms and updating vocabulary while retaining the liveliness of the original. This edition contains a new chronology, further reading, glossaries, maps, notes and an introduction discussing Suetonius' life and works. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust theseries to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-datetranslations by award-winning translators."
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Good. No dust jacket. 1964. 318 pages. No dust jacket, Folio edition with slipcase. Decorative terracotta cloth boards with gilt lettering to spine. Blue slipcase. Illustrated by Raymond Hawthorn. Firm binding to clean pages and plates with bright copy throughout. Minor foxing to endpapers and infrequent page edges. Clean squared boards with sunning to spine. Light rub wear to edges. Moderate shelf wear and markings to slipcase with heavy rub wear and tearing to edges exposing board. World of Rare Books Item ref. 1496221024IMO (Use this ID when enquiring about this item. )
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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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