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The Lives of the Caesars: Suetonius (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading)

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The Lives of the Caesars quite often resembles a modern sensationalized tabloid, stuffed with insinuations, scandal, and royal shenanigans, but it is really much more. Written by a "palace insider" and published at the height of the Roman Empire, it gives a unique, intense, and individual portrait of each emperor. Despite its antiquity, The Lives of the…  See more details below

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The Lives of the Caesars quite often resembles a modern sensationalized tabloid, stuffed with insinuations, scandal, and royal shenanigans, but it is really much more. Written by a "palace insider" and published at the height of the Roman Empire, it gives a unique, intense, and individual portrait of each emperor. Despite its antiquity, The Lives of the Caesars is neither remote nor obscure; it remains the most readable and most significant biography of the ruling families of the early Roman Empire ever written. Suetonius' animated and assured account of the emperors of Rome brings the mundane, tragic, humorous, and scandalous activities of Rome's elite - the emperors, their families, friends, enemies, successes, failures, loves, and ambitions - to vivid life.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780760757581
Publisher:
Barnes & Noble
Publication date:
07/22/2004
Series:
Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading
Pages:
448
Sales rank:
408,343
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Gaius Suetonius Tranquillus was born around AD 70 and probably died sometime before AD 130 or 140. He may have been born near modern Modena, Italy, while his father was serving as an officer under Vespasian. He spent at least some of his early years in Rome in the emperor's palace and practiced law very briefly, but found that he was more suited to a life of letters.

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The Lives of the Caesars: Suetonius (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Lives of the Caesars are accounts of the first 12 emperors of the Roman Empire and of various poet, grammarians, and rhetoricians. The Lives of the Caesars has some of the most reliable information to modern biographers. Here are the first accounts of Augustus, Caligula, Nero, and Vespasian. This is truly one of the most influential works of literature in the world.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Buyer Beware...This book is censored, and the publishers have given no indication that this is the case. Book III is missing chs. 43 &amp; 44. I understand why a publisher may want to publish a version without these chapters, which contain graphic descriptions of the sexual perversions of the Emperor Tiberius, but the fact that the book has been censored should be indicated prominently on the product, preferably on the cover of the book, or at least on the title page. I do not believe Barnes and Noble should be offering this item for sale as it is (on the presumption that selling a censored version without notice to the buyer is some sort of violation of publishing ethics). At any rate, this item is inadequate for academic study...if you are purchasing it for a college course you must look elsewhere.
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