The Twelve Caesars

  • by Suetonius
  • Narrated by Clive Chafer
  • 17 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

As private secretary to the Emperor Hadrian, the scholar Suetonius had access to the imperial archives and used them (along with eyewitness accounts) to produce one of the most colorful biographical works in history. The Twelve Caesars chronicles the public careers and private lives of the men who wielded absolute power over Rome, from the foundation of the empire under Julius Caesar and Augustus, to the decline into depravity and civil war under Nero and the recovery that came with his successors. A masterpiece of observation, anecdote, and detailed physical description, The Twelve Caesars presents us with a gallery of vividly drawn---and all too human---individuals. This version of The Twelve Caesars is the translation by Alexander Thomson, M.D.


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Excellent text, well (if confusingly) read

This is an excuse edition of Suetonius's text, whose precise & archaic language lends an appropriate sense of depth to the accounts. The reader is very good, holding one's interest while matching the tone of the text admirably. My only significant criticism is that the editor's commentary which follows each "life" is in no way distinguished from the main text, though of a wildly different age, by a different author, & on a different subject--the literary works of the reigns! This took a lot of getting used to, & required me to find the printed text to note the location of the switch from text to commentary on the first instance: I then learnt to look out for a change in style, but it was not always clear.
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- G Douglas Whistler

2000 years old and still a great book

Brilliantly written brilliantly narrated not just the story of the twelve Caesars but of there time fantastic
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- kevhan

Book Details

  • Release Date: 28-03-2011
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio