Excerpt from The Problem of Claudius, Some Aspects of a Character Study: A Dissertation Submitted to the Board of University Studies of the Johns Hopkins University in Conformity With the Requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy, 1916
It is doubtless a fair statement that wherever Suetonius has been known and read the interest of the student of char acter in the twelve Caesars has never been wanting. This is true particularly in the cases of Julius Caesar and the first five of the Roman emperors, and during the last century, with the rise of science and of scientific method in scholar ship, the lives and characters of these men, as of other his toric personalities, have been submitted to closer scrutiny and more critical investigation, with the result that we have now a very fair understanding and appreciation of Julius Caesar1 and Augustus,2 and even of Caligula and Nero.'
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