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Suetonius: The Lives of the Twelve Caesars

The Murder of Caesar, by Karl Theodor von Piloty (1865).The Lives of the Twelve Caesars by Suetonius is often seen primarily as a source of gossipy anecdotes, something its author was well-placed to provide thanks to his position at the imperial court and access to its archives. Yet as Mary Beard argues, his work read as a whole, from the rise of Julius Caesar to the reign of Domitian, has important things to say about the transmission of political power.

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Free online texts

Gutenburg: The Lives of the Twelve Caesars, translated by Alexander Thomson. Multiple Formats.

Loebulus. L031 - Suetonius -- Suetonius I: Julius. Augustus. Tiberius. Gaius. Caligula. PDF of public domain Loeb edition in Latin and English.

Loebulus. L038 - Suetonius -- Suetonius II: Claudius. Nero. Galba, Otho, and Vitellius. Vespasian. Titus, Domitian. Lives of Illustrious Men: Grammarians and Rhetoricians. Poets (Terence. Virgil. Horace. Tibullus. Persius. Lucan). Lives of Pliny the Elder and Passienus Crispus. PDF of public domain Loeb edition in Latin and English.

Perseus: The Lives of the Twelve CaesarsLatin text. English translation (Reed, 1889). Online HTML only.

Poetry in Translation: The Twelve Caesars, translated by A.S. Kline (2010). multiple formats.

Standard Ebooks: The Lives of the Caesars, translated by J. C. Rolfe. AZW3, EPUB, KEPUB and Advanced EPUB formats.

University of Adelaide (Internet Archive): Lives of the Twelve Caesars, translated by Alexander Thomson. Revised by T. Forester. EPUB, HTML and MOBI formats.

Wikisource: The Lives of the Twelve Caesars

Other Resources

A Don's Life: Taking Suetonius Seriously, a short blogpost by classicist Mary Beard.

Librivox: The Lives of the Twelve Caesars - public domain audiobook. Suetonius.

The Conversation: Guide to the Classics - Suetonius’s The Twelve Caesars explores vice and virtue in ancient Rome, by Caillan Davenport.

Wikipedia: Suetonius - The Twelve Caesars

The Great Conversation: Further reading at Tom's Learning Notes

Tacitus: The Annals - The Histories

Einhard: The Life of Charlemagne - modelled on Suetonius' life of Augustus.

Latin Resources: Online materials for learning Latin.


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