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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. ...go to paragraph
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