De vita Caesarum, known as The Twelve Caesars, is a set of twelve biographies, each about one of the Roman emperors, including one on Julius Caesar. It was written by Gaius Suetonius Tranquillus, commonly referred to as Suetonius, in 121. Considered highly significant in antiquity, The Twelve Caesars has remained a major source of Roman history.
The Lives of the Caesars include the biographies of Julius Caesar and the eleven subsequent emperors: Augustus, Tiberius, Gaius Caligula, Claudius, Nero, Galba, Otho, Vitelius, Vespasian, Titus, Domitian. Suetonius composed his material from a variety of sources, without much concern for their reliability. His biographies consist the ancestry and career of each emperor in turn; however, his interest is not so much analytical or historical, but anecdotal and salacious which gives rise to a lively and provocative succession of portraits. The account of Julius Caesar does not simply mention his crossing of the Rubicon and his assassination, but draws attention to his dark piercing eyes and attempts to conceal his baldness. The Live of Caligula presents a vivid picture of the emperor's grotesque appearance, his waywardness, and his insane cruelties. The format and style of Suetonius' Lives of the Caesars was to set the tone for biography throughout western literature - his work remains thoroughly readable and full of interest. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.
The Ancient Classics series provides eReaders with the wisdom of the Classical world, with both English translations and the original Latin and Greek texts. This comprehensive eBook presents the complete works of the Ancient biographer Suetonius, with beautiful illustrations, informative introductions and the usual Delphi bonus material. (3MB Version 2)
* Beautifully illustrated with images relating to Suetonius' life and works * Features the complete works of Suetonius, in both English translation and the original Latin * Concise introductions to the histories and other works * Explore the exciting lives of the ‘Twelve Caesars’ in comprehensive detail * Two translations of ‘Twelve Caesars’ - ALEXANDER THOMSON and J. C. ROLFE (Loeb Classical Library) * Provides a special bonus dual English and Latin text, allowing readers to compare the texts paragraph by paragraph – ideal for students * Includes translations and texts previously appearing in Loeb Classical Library editions of Suetonius’ works * Excellent formatting of the texts * Easily locate the biographies or works you want to read with individual contents tables * Includes the special BONUS text of the AUGUSTAN HISTORY in English and Latin – this later work serves as a sequel to Suetonius’ TWELVE CAESARS, continuing the biographies from the Emperor Hadrian - first time in digital print * Features a bonus biography - explore Suetonius' ancient world * Scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres * UPDATED with Rolfe's translation, corrections, improved structure and a new biography
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The Translations THE TWELVE CAESARS THE TWELVE CAESARS (Dual Latin and English Text) LIVES OF FAMOUS MEN AUGUSTAN HISTORY
The Latin Texts DE VITIS CAESARUM DE VIRIS ILLUSTRIBUS HISTORIA AUGUSTA
The Biography THE LIFE AND WORKS OF SUETONIUS by J. C. Rolfe
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One of the most versatile of Roman poets, Catullus wrote verse of an almost unparalleled diversity and stylistic agility, from the brevity of the epigram to the sustained elegance of the elegy. This collection contains all of Catullus' extant work and includes his lyrics to the notorious Clodia Metelli - married, seductive and corrupt - charting the course from rapturous delight in a new affair to the torment of love gone sour; poems to his young friend Iuventius; and longer verse, such as the extraordinary tale of Attis, a Greek youth who castrates himself in a fit of religious ecstasy. Ranging from the tender, moving and passionate to the vicious and even obscene, these are poems of astonishingly modern force and content.
"Donna Hurley has done a sterling job in providing us with both an Introduction to Suetonius and a translation of The Caesars that we can confidently recommend to students. Her Introduction summarizes a complex topic succinctly and is informative without being overwhelming, set at an ideal level for the student and intelligent enthusiast. Her translation is accurate and contemporary. Her primary goal is faithfulness to the original, which she achieves, but at the same time she recognizes the need to make her text clear, entertaining, and comprehensible to the modern reader, and she strikes exactly the right balance." --Anthony Barrett, Emeritus, University of British Columbia
"Hurley, who has written extensively and with authority on Suetonius, knows her author and his text thoroughly, and her Introduction to them is a model of presentation. Annotation (footnotes, not endnotes) is concise and to the point; essential background is gracefully sketched in a preliminary section on Roman institutions; maps and plans are clear and full. This thoughtful concern for the reader's needs justifies confidence in the translation itself: for its combination of accuracy, clarity, and readability, it is the best." --Edward Champlin, Princeton University
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