Gaius Suetonius Tranquillus (c.69/75-c.130), was a Roman writer and biographer belonging to the equestrian order in the early Imperial era. His most important surviving work is THE TWELVE CAESARS. Other works by Suetonius concern the daily life of Rome, politics, oratory, and the lives of famous writers, including poets, historians, and grammarians. Suetonius even completed a work on prostitutes, LIVES OF FAMOUS WHORES. Aside from THE TWELVE CAESARS, most of Suetonius' writings have been lost.
The Life of Claudiusby Suetonius
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THE LIFE OF CLAUDIUS is one of the most important ancient sources of history for the early Imperial period, as well as the life of Roman Emperor Claudius. Claudius (10 BC - 54 AD) was the fourth emperor of Rome. Crippled and partially deaf, Claudius survived the rule of his nephew Caligula as a butt of jokes. Following Caligula's assassination, Claudius was proclaimed emperor by the Praetorian Guard. He proved able and efficient, expanding the empire and beginning the conquest of Britain. He was succeeded by Nero.
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