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mdtravel Dec 16th, 2007 12:07 PM

Book on the 12 Caesars
Probably a question for a history buff, which I know there are several of here.

I have heard of a book written by a Roman historian contemporary with the Emperors. I don't know the exact title of it however. I think this link points to the right book or not. Can anyone tell me if they are familar with the book and, if so, if this is the right one? There seem to be several versions by different translators.

ira Dec 16th, 2007 12:12 PM

Hi md,

Look up "suetonius wiki"


Lexma90 Dec 16th, 2007 01:00 PM

The book by Suetonius is probably the one you've heard of. There are probably quite a few different versions by different translators; no one is going to be the definitive version, because each translator has his/her own interpretation.

I have the Robert Graves version - in fact, I bought it in college (quite a long time ago) for one of the ancient history courses I took (and have re-read it since then). My professor thought highly of Robert Graves (aside from some colorful stories about Graves' personal life), and the book is interesting. If you're interested in history, his "I, Claudius," a novel, is good too.

JoanneH Dec 17th, 2007 12:34 PM

I have it on mp3 if your interested

Fra_Diavolo Dec 17th, 2007 01:17 PM

Suetonius is a hoot. After you've read his description of balding emperors with spindly legs (his invariable details) you might want to look at Alan Massie's <i>The Caesars</i>.

ParadiseLost Dec 17th, 2007 02:47 PM

You might want to check-out Michael Grant's 'The Twelve Caesars' version (18yrs after Graves' book).
His bio; OR
Regards, Walter

mdtravel Dec 17th, 2007 03:17 PM

Thanks for the replies everyone. Good stuff.

Joanne, I would be very interested in the mp3 version. How do we go about exchanging contact information?

JoanneH Dec 19th, 2007 04:05 PM

No idea perhaps some here can tell us &lt;G&gt;

charnees Dec 24th, 2007 11:20 AM

After reading the OP I got Suetonius out of the library and found it an easy and entertaining read. The version I have was a 1913 translation re-issued in 1970. It has the Latin on the left page and the english on the right.

However, last night as I was reading about Tiberius and got to the section on his kinky habits, I turned the page and found Latin on the right. I thought it was an error, but then realized it was done on purpose. So you can only read the thing if you are Latin literate!!. (I guess they thought it was safe enough for professors.)

So now I am going to go online and see if I can find that section. I hope I don't get in trouble for downloading porn!


Underhill Dec 24th, 2007 02:58 PM

If you haven't already seen the excellent Masterpiece Theater production of &quot;I, Claudius,&quot; starring Sir Derek Jacobi, rent it as soon as you can. The material is taken from Robers Graves's two books, and the BBC did itself proud in the adaptation.

Also, if you're in the mood for history coupled with everything you wanted to know about how the Romans amused themselves, watch &quot;Rome&quot; seasons 1 and 1. But not if you're easily shocked.

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