"Too many rulers are a dangerous thing."
As private secretary to the Emperor Hadrian, Gaius Suetonius Tranquillas gained access to the imperial archives and used them (along with eye-witness accounts) to produce one of the most colorful biographical works in history. 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 anecdote, wry observation and detailed physical description, Twelve Caesars presents us with a gallery of vividly drawn—and all too human—individuals.
This handsome Heritage Press edition utilizes the translation by Philemon Holland, and was revised by Moses Hadas, who also wrote the introduction. Salvatore Fiume's paintings illustrate.
- Caligula (aspects)
- Nero (aspects)
- Divus Vespasian
- Divus Titus
- Domitian (aspects)
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