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    • The Twelve Caesars

    • By: Suetonius
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 14 hrs and 12 mins
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    The Twelve Caesars was written based on the information of eyewitnesses and public records. It conveys a very accurate picture of court life in Rome and contains some of the raciest and most salacious material to be found in all of ancient literature. The writing is clear, simple and easy to understand, and the numerous anecdotes of juicy scandal, bitter court intrigue, and murderous brigandage easily hold their own against the most spirited content of today's tabloids.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A pleasure to read...

    • By Robyn on 03-13-10

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    • Octavius Caesar Augustus

    • By: Suetonius, Thomas Forester
    • Narrated by: Andrea Giordani
    • Length: 4 hrs and 35 mins
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    Before his assassination, Julius Caesar named his great nephew Gaius Octavius as his successor. In this excerpt from The Twelve Caesars, Roman biographer Suetonius tells the life story of Octavius, who took the name Augustus when he became emperor. While Augustus did have a military career, Suetonius focuses on the dramatic details of Augustus’ personal life, making this biography more gossip-filled than its contemporaries. 

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    • Caligula: Life of a Roman Emperor

    • By: Suetonius
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Waite
    • Length: 1 hr and 42 mins
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    The emperor Caligula was one of the strangest and cruelest rulers that ever lived, and most of what is known about his reign comes from Suetonius. The first six months of his reign appear to have been moderate and successful; but after that, he fell into a spiral of sadism, sexual perversity, and plain insanity that made him one of the most hated tyrants of all time.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Short, fast, and jam packed

    • By Amazon Customer on 11-30-17

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    • Lives of the Twelve Caesars

    • By: Suetonius
    • Narrated by: Derek Jacobi
    • Length: 7 hrs and 13 mins
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    Suetonius wrote his Lives of the Twelve Caesars in the reign of Vespasian around 70AD. He chronicled the extraordinary careers of Julius, Augustus, Tiberius, Caligula, Claudius, Nero, Vespasian, and Domitian and the rest in technicolour terms. They presented some high and low times at the heart of the Roman Empire. The accounts provide us with perspicacious insights into the men as much as their reigns.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Translation doubts

    • By Elizabeth on 05-20-07

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    • The Twelve Caesars

    • By: Suetonius
    • Narrated by: Clive Chafer
    • Length: 17 hrs and 41 mins
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    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Heavily modified and softly translated

    • By NeoAtreides on 12-03-15

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    • Gaius Julius Caesar

    • By: Suetonius, Thomas Forester - translator
    • Narrated by: Andrea Giordani
    • Length: 1 hr and 33 mins
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    “I came, I saw, I conquered,” Julius Caesar famously said. Yet his life of conquest ended with assassination at the hands of his former comrades. Roman biographer Suetonius details the rise and fall of Julius Caesar in this short biography, excerpted from The Twelve Caesars. This compelling account contains cinematic scenes from Caesar’s life, including his capture by pirates and the time he fell weeping before a statue of Alexander the Great. 

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    • Gaius Caesar Caligula

    • By: Suetonius, Thomas Forester
    • Narrated by: Andrea Giordani
    • Length: 1 hr and 33 mins
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    Caligula’s father was a beloved military leader, so the Romans were initially glad to see his son take the throne, but Suetonius recounts the less flattering aspects of Caligula’s life and rule that followed his ascension. The narcissistic Caligula believed he was a god, and often replaced the busts of deities with his own. A devoted fan of gladiator fights, he also often had people assassinated, covered up the deed, and then claimed the deceased had committed suicide. Suetonius concludes this biography by detailing the omens that foreshadowed Caligula’s eventual assassination. 

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    • Titus Flavius Domitianus

    • By: Suetonius, Thomas Forester - translator
    • Narrated by: Andrea Giordani
    • Length: 1 hr and 2 mins
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    Domitian succeeded his older brother Titus as Roman emperor. In “The Life of Domitian,” Suetonius remarks on the emperor’s innovative approach to governing that granted the empire safety and peace. As an individual, he preferred to go it alone and was naturally suspicious of others, a trait which inevitably led to his downfall. The final of three Flavian emperors, Domitian is also the last entry in Suetonius’ The Twelve Caesars

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    • Nero Claudius Caesar

    • By: Suetonius, Thomas Forester - translator
    • Narrated by: Andrea Giordani
    • Length: 2 hrs and 24 mins
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    Suetonius’ account of the life of Nero does not shy away from the emperor’s alleged barbarism. In this biography from The Twelve Caesars, the Roman historian recounts numerous examples of Nero’s narcissism, perversion, and cruelty. It is from this account that we get the legend that Nero “fiddled as Rome burned.” When the heirless emperor ended his own life, it marked he fall of the Julio-Claudian empire and led to rejoicing in the streets. 

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    • Tiberius Claudius Drusus Caesar

    • By: Suetonius
    • Narrated by: Andrea Giordani
    • Length: 1 hr and 30 mins
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    Roman historian Suetonius first introduces Claudius in his biography of Augustus, describing the boy as having various issues with his mental and physical health. Though he grew healthier after becoming emperor, "Life of Claudius" portrays him in a mixed light. While Suetonius tells of how Claudius was the first to invade Britain in a 100 years, he also paints the man as a fool who was easily swayed by others. Though historians today perceive Claudius as a more competent ruler, this dramatic biography held primary sway over public opinion for centuries.

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    • Titus Vespasianus Augustus

    • By: Suetonius, Thomas Forester - translator
    • Narrated by: Andrea Giordani
    • Length: 28 mins
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    The tumultuous time that followed Nero’s suicide is known as The Year of the Four Emperors. In rapid succession, the Roman empire was ruled briefly by Galba, Otho, and Vitellius. Vespasian was a military commander, and with the help of his loyal soldiers and military allies, he defeated Vitellius and lay claim to his rule. Vespasian’s assumption of the empire, chronicled in this short biography by Suetonius, marked the start of the Flavian dynasty. 

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    • A Salvius Otho

    • By: Suetonius, Thomas Forester
    • Narrated by: Andrea Giordani
    • Length: 21 mins
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    The Life of Otho tells a story of ambition, betrayal, and power. After Nero’s suicide, Otho expected to assume the role of emperor, but his old ally Galba became Nero’s successor. Rather than give up, Otho murdered Galba and took his place as emperor, though not for long. Suetonius’ account of Otho’s brief rule during the Year of the Four Emperors is an excerpt from his work The Twelve Caesars

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    • Nero: Life of a Roman Emperor

    • By: Suetonius
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Waite
    • Length: 1 hr and 34 mins
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    The emperor Nero's reign is one weird tale of sexual depravity and extravagant sadism. He was a gifted musician, and is said to have given great concerts of which attendance was compulsory; women were said to have given birth during the performance, and men were driven to fake death to escape. Nero kicked his pregnant wife to death and then had a young boy castrated to replace her as his spouse; then, during the great fire of Rome, he is said to have played the lyre to emphasize the beauty of the destruction. His eccentricities are a continuation of the tradition of his predecessors, only more perverted; Suetonius' account portray a strange man in strange times.

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    • Tiberius Nero Caesar

    • By: Suetonius, Thomas Forester - translator
    • Narrated by: Andrea Giordani
    • Length: 1 hr and 45 mins
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    Augustus adopted Tiberius as his heir after noting his success in military campaigns across Germany. Tiberius was reluctant to take rule, however, and gained a reputation as “the exile” after he sent himself on an eight-year, self-imposed exile to Rhodes. Eventually he did take control of the empire, but he gained a reputation for cruelty which led Rome to rejoice at his eventual death. In this excerpt from The Twelve Caesars, Roman biographer Suetonius digs deep into both the conquests and character of Tiberius. 

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    • Sergius Sulpicius Galba

    • By: Suetonius, Thomas Forester - translator
    • Narrated by: Andrea Giordani
    • Length: 36 mins
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    Galba was the first emperor in the infamous Year of the Four Emperors. After Nero’s suicide, which marked the death of the Julio-Claudian dynasty, Galba took control of the empire. A mere seven months later, he was assassinated. This short biography comes from Suetonius’ The Twelve Caesars and deals largely with Galba’s brief rule amid the first Roman civil war. 

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