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"Lives of the Twelve Caesars" by Gaius Suetonius Tranquillus - summary, download

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Summary of the book

Guy Suetonius Tranquil - Secretary of Emperor Hadrian. The book is a biography of the Roman emperors from Julius Caesar to Domitian, that is, a period of about 100 years.
Each chapter is built on a standard structure - the origin of the emperor, youth, social activities, private life, character, appearance, circumstances of death, and the chronological sequence of events within one chapter is often not followed.
The language of presentation is dry and short. The book is valuable in that it is almost the only source of information about the private life of the emperors, even taking into account the fact that many of this information is difficult to consider reliable and they are rather historical anecdotes.

 

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