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THE TWELVE CAESARS

Suetonius (full name Gaius Suetonius Tranquillus) was a Roman writer who wrote during the early Imperial era of the Roman Empire during the rules of Emperors Trajan and Hadrian. His famous "De Vita Caesarum" or "Lives of the Twelve Caesars" is a set of biographies of each of the twelve successive Roman rulers from Julius Caesar to Domitian. Since Suetonius was writing about relatively recent events and few other accounts of the period have survived, his Twelve Caesars is one of the most important sources of written information on early imperial Rome. Coins of the period also have tales to tell in addition to providing portraits of each of these Emperor's and their families. In this set of articles, ACCLA members seek to illustrate biographical and historical information on Suetonius' Twelve Caesars with a variety of coins of the period.


CITATIONS & FOOTNOTES

1. Suetonius on Wikipedia.

2. Suetonius: The Lives of the Twelve Caesars html version on Penelope (University of Chicago); pdfs of whole books include: the 1913 Loeb Classical Library edition of the works of Suetonius (in Latin and English) and the 1931 Modern Library edition with translation by Joseph Gavorse.

 

ACTA ACCLA edited by Michael J. Connor.