The Twelve Caesars - Penguin Classics

Revised Edition

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Publisher's Synopsis

'Suetonius, in holding up a mirror to those Caesars of diverting legend, reflects not only them but ourselves: half-tempted creatures, whose great moral task is to hold in balance the angel and the monster within' GORE VIDAL

As private secretary to the Emperor Hadrian, the scholar Suetonius had access to the imperial archives and used them (along with eyewitness accounts) to produce one of the most colourful biographical works in history. The 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 under Nero and the recovery that came with his successors. This masterpiece of observation, immortalized in Robert Graves's classic translation, presents us with a gallery of vividly drawn - and all too human - individuals.

Translated by ROBERT GRAVES
Revised with an Introduction and notes by JAMES B. RIVES

Book information

ISBN: 9780140455168
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Imprint: Penguin Classics
Pub date:
Edition: Revised Edition
DEWEY: 937.070922
DEWEY edition: 22
Language: English
Number of pages: 398
Weight: 316g
Height: 196mm
Width: 132mm
Spine width: 21mm