The Twelve Caesars is a set of twelve biographies of the first 12 emperors of the Roman Empire. It was written in 121 during the reign of the emperor Hadrian, was the most popular work of Hadrian's personal secretary, Suetonius.
The Twelve Caesars was considered very significant in antiquity and remains a main source on Roman history. The book discusses the significant and critical period of the Principate from the end of the Republic to the reign of Domitian.
Suetonius provides a cogent illustration of the lives of twelve Roman emperors from Julius Caesar to Domitian by painting a vivid picture of the civic activities and licentious personal conduct of these twelve Caesars. An able biographer, Suetonius demonstrates his literary competence by authoring a text that both casual readers will find entertaining or students will find enlightening.
If you're reading either purely for historical quality or for amusing antecdotes that read more like a tabloid, "The Twelve Caesars" will satisfy both.
No text better depicts the lunacy and moral incontinence of men such as Tiberius, Caligula and Nero. Caligula's declaration of war on Neptune and collection of seashells as bounty, Claudius's edict that flatulence was legally permissible at the supper table after learning that a citizen exploded from "holding it", and Nero's construction of a collapsible boat to kill his mother.
A "must read" for students and history buffs of Ancient Rome.
If you have a fascination with Imperial Rome and its Caesars this book will keep you enthralled.
Also added to this translation by Alexander Thomson are the engaging and colourful Lives of Grammarians Rhetoricians and Poets
THE TWELVE CAESARS: