The Lives Of The Twelve Caesars, Complete

The Lives Of The Twelve Caesars, Complete

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2015
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CAIUS JULIUS CASAR. D. OCTAVIUS CAESAR AUGUSTUS. TIBERIUS NERO CAESAR. CAIUS CAESAR CALIGULA. TIBERIUS CLAUDIUS DRUSUS CAESAR. 465 NERO CLAUDIUS CAESAR. SERGIUS SULPICIUS GALBA. A. SALVIUS OTHO. AULUS VITELLIUS. T. FLAVIUS VESPASIANUS AUGUSTUS. TITUS FLAVIUS VESPASIANUS AUGUSTUS. TITUS FLAVIUS DOMI ...more

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C. Suetonius Tranquillus was the son of a Roman knight who commanded alegion, on the side of Otho, at the battle which decided the fate of theempire in favour of Vitellius. From incidental notices in the followingHistory, we learn that he was born towards the close of the reign ofVespasian, who died in the year 79 of the Christian era. He lived till thetime of Hadrian, under whose administration he filled the office ofsecretary; until, with several others, he was dismissed for presuming onfamiliarities with the empress Sabina, of which we have no further accountthan that they were unbecoming his position in the imperial court. Howlong he survived this disgrace, which appears to have befallen him in theyear 121, we are not informed; but we find that the leisure afforded himby his retirement, was employed in the composition of numerous works, ofwhich the only portions now extant are collected in the present volume.
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Several of the younger Pliny’s letters are addressed to Suetonius, withwhom he lived in the closest friendship. They afford some brief, butgenerally pleasant, glimpses of his habits and career; and in a letter, inwhich Pliny makes application on behalf of his friend to the emperorTrajan, for a mark of favour, he speaks of him as “a most excellent,honourable, and learned man, whom he had the pleasure of entertainingunder his own roof, and with whom the nearer he was brought intocommunion, the more he loved him.” 1
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