The Twelve Caesars

Author: Suetonius

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780140449211

Category: Fiction

Page: 363

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As private secretary to the Emperor Hadrian, Suetonius gained access to the imperial archives and used them (along with carefully gathered eye-witness accounts) to produce one of the most colourful 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 and stability that came with his successors. A masterpiece of anecdote, wry observation and detailed physical description, 'The Twelve Caesars' presents us with a gallery of vividly drawn - and all too human - individuals.

Delphi Complete Works of Suetonius (Illustrated)

Author: Suetonius

Publisher: Delphi Classics

ISBN: 1909496146

Category: Fiction

Page: 3491

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The Ancient Classics series provides eReaders with the wisdom of the Classical world, with both English translations and the original Latin and Greek texts. This comprehensive eBook presents the complete works of the Ancient biographer Suetonius, with beautiful illustrations, informative introductions and the usual Delphi bonus material. (3MB Version 2) * Beautifully illustrated with images relating to Suetonius' life and works * Features the complete works of Suetonius, in both English translation and the original Latin * Concise introductions to the histories and other works * Explore the exciting lives of the ‘Twelve Caesars’ in comprehensive detail * Two translations of ‘Twelve Caesars’ - ALEXANDER THOMSON and J. C. ROLFE (Loeb Classical Library) * Provides a special bonus dual English and Latin text, allowing readers to compare the texts paragraph by paragraph – ideal for students * Includes translations and texts previously appearing in Loeb Classical Library editions of Suetonius’ works * Excellent formatting of the texts * Easily locate the biographies or works you want to read with individual contents tables * Includes the special BONUS text of the AUGUSTAN HISTORY in English and Latin – this later work serves as a sequel to Suetonius’ TWELVE CAESARS, continuing the biographies from the Emperor Hadrian - first time in digital print * Features a bonus biography - explore Suetonius' ancient world * Scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres * UPDATED with Rolfe's translation, corrections, improved structure and a new biography Please visit www.delphiclassics.com to browse through our range of exciting titles CONTENTS: The Translations THE TWELVE CAESARS THE TWELVE CAESARS (Dual Latin and English Text) LIVES OF FAMOUS MEN AUGUSTAN HISTORY The Latin Texts DE VITIS CAESARUM DE VIRIS ILLUSTRIBUS HISTORIA AUGUSTA The Biography THE LIFE AND WORKS OF SUETONIUS by J. C. Rolfe Please visit www.delphiclassics.com to browse through our range of Ancient Classics

The Caesars

Author: Suetonius,Donna W. Hurley

Publisher: Hackett Publishing

ISBN: 1603846131

Category: History

Page: 432

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Includes a general introduction; chronology of major events; What the Romans Knew; Rome and Its Institutions; suggested further reading; maps, family trees, a glossary, and an index of historical names.

The Rise of the Roman Empire

Author: Polybius

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141920505

Category: History

Page: 576

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The Greek statesman Polybius (c.200–118 BC) wrote his account of the relentless growth of the Roman Empire in order to help his fellow countrymen understand how their world came to be dominated by Rome. Opening with the Punic War in 264 BC, he vividly records the critical stages of Roman expansion: its campaigns throughout the Mediterranean, the temporary setbacks inflicted by Hannibal and the final destruction of Carthage. An active participant of the politics of his time as well as a friend of many prominent Roman citizens, Polybius drew on many eyewitness accounts in writing this cornerstone work of history.

The Twelve Caesars

Author: Matthew Dennison

Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press

ISBN: 0857897802

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 300

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One of them was a military genius; one murdered his mother and fiddled while Rome burned; another earned the nickname 'sphincter artist'. Six of their number were assassinated, two committed suicide - and five of them were elevated to the status of gods. They have come down to posterity as the 'twelve Caesars' - Julius Caesar, Augustus, Tiberius, Caligula, Claudius, Nero, Galba, Otho, Vitellius, Vespasian, Titus and Domitian. Under their rule, from 49 BC to AD 96, Rome was transformed from a republic to an empire, whose model of regal autocracy would survive in the West for more than a thousand years. Matthew Dennison offers a beautifully crafted sequence of colourful biographies of each emperor, triumphantly evoking the luxury, licence, brutality and sophistication of imperial Rome at its zenith. But as well as vividly recreating the lives, loves and vices of this motley group of despots, psychopaths and perverts, he paints a portrait of an erao of political and social revolution, of the bloody overthrow of a proud, 500-year-old political system and its replacement by a dictatorship which, against all the odds, succeeded more convincingly than oligarchic democracy in governing a vast international landmass.

Claudius the God

Author: Robert Graves

Publisher: Rosetta Books

ISBN: 0795336993

Category: Fiction

Page: 531

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In this sequel to I, Claudius, the story of the Roman Emperor—on which the award-winning BBC TV series was based—continues . . . In I, Claudius, Robert Graves began the story of the limping, stammering young man who is suddenly thrust onto the throne after the death of Caligula. In Claudius the God, Graves continues the story, detailing Claudius’s thirteen-year reign and his ultimate downfall. Painting the vivid, tumultuous, and decadent society of ancient Rome with spectacular detail, Robert Graves provides a tale that is instructive, compelling, and difficult to put down for both casual readers and students of Roman history.

Roman Lives

A Selection of Eight Lives

Author: Plutarch,Philip A. Stadter,Robin Waterfield

Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks

ISBN: 019282502X

Category: History

Page: 551

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The companion volume to Plutarch's Greek Lives published in Oxford World's Classics in 1998, Roman Lives is a newly translated selection from Plutarch's rich, elegant and learned Lives, valued throughout the ages for their historical value and their charm. The lives included are those of Marcus Cato, Aemilius Paullus, The Gracchi, Marius, Sulla, Pompey, Julius Caesar and Anthony. Closely annotated with bibliographies, maps and an index, this is the ideal edition for all students of classical history.

Fall of the Roman Republic

Author: Plutarch

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141925485

Category: History

Page: 464

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Dramatic artist, natural scientist and philosopher, Plutarch is widely regarded as the most significant historian of his era, writing sharp and succinct accounts of the greatest politicians and statesman of the classical period. Taken from the Lives, a series of biographies spanning the Graeco-Roman age, this collection illuminates the twilight of the old Roman Republic from 157-43 bc. Whether describing the would-be dictators Marius and Sulla, the battle between Crassus and Spartacus, the death of political idealist Crato, Julius Caesar's harrowing triumph in Gaul or the eloquent oratory of Cicero, all offer a fascinating insight into an empire wracked by political divisions. Deeply influential on Shakespeare and many other later writers, they continue to fascinate today with their exploration of corruption, decadence and the struggle for ultimate power.

The Big Green Book

Author: Robert Graves

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 9780062644831

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 64

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FANS OF MAURICE SENDAK’S CALDECOTT MEDAL-WINNING WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE WILL LOVE THE BIG GREEN BOOK—NOW BACK IN PRINT! A little boy named Jack discovers a big green book of magic in the attic and learns all sorts of spells—spells to change the look of things, spells to make him old and gray or disappear entirely! Jack makes the most of his new magic powers, and his poor old aunt and uncle are quite bewildered. This enchanting tale by noted British author Robert Graves is masterfully illustrated by Maurice Sendak, seven-time Caldecott Honor recipient, National Book Award winner, and the Caldecott Medal-winning creator of Where the Wild Things Are.

The Conquest of Gaul

Author: Julius Caesar,W. A. MacDevitt

Publisher: Digireads.com Publishing

ISBN: 9781420945140

Category: History

Page: 140

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First published just before the end of the Roman Republic by that legendary country's most immortalized leader, "The Conquest of Gaul," also called "Commentarii de Bello Gallico," is an account of Julius Caesar's capture of Gaul in the first century. Beginning with the Helvetian War in 58 BC, Caesar uses his exemplary Latin prose to explain how his forces were protecting Provence, and how they were later drawn out in campaigns against the Veneti, the Aquitani, numerous Germanic peoples, the Belgae, the Gauls, and the Bretons. Caesar, perhaps in defense of his expensive and geographically vast wars, explains the methods of his campaigns, from the timing of the seasons to provisioning and defense. This autobiographical work is both a concise reckoning of forces and an informative wartime narrative, consistently revealing the author as a politically brilliant commander and an unrivaled man.

The Roman Revolution

Author: Ronald Syme

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191647187

Category: History

Page: 592

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The Roman Revolution is a profound and unconventional treatment of a great theme - the fall of the Republic and the decline of freedom in Rome between 60 BC and AD 14, and the rise to power of the greatest of the Roman Emperors, Augustus. The transformation of state and society, the violent transference of power and property, and the establishment of Augustus' rule are presented in an unconventional narrative, which quotes from ancient evidence, refers seldomly to modern authorities, and states controversial opinions quite openly. The result is a book which is both fresh and compelling.

Makers of Rome, Nine Lives

Coriolanus, Fabius Maximus, Macellus, Cato the Elder, Tiberius Gracchus, Gaius Gracchus, Sertorius, Brutus, Mark Antony

Author: Plutarch

Publisher: Penguin Classics

ISBN: 0140441581

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 366

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Trans. with an intro. by Ian Scott-Kilvert.

They Left Us Everything

A Memoir

Author: Plum Johnson

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0399184112

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 288

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A warm, heartfelt memoir of family, loss, and a house jam-packed with decades of goods and memories. After almost twenty years of caring for elderly parents—first for their senile father, and then for their cantankerous ninety-three-year old mother—author Plum Johnson and her three younger brothers have finally fallen to their middle-aged knees with conflicted feelings of grief and relief. Now they must empty and sell the beloved family home, twenty-three rooms bulging with history, antiques, and oxygen tanks. Plum thought: How tough will that be? I know how to buy garbage bags. But the task turns out to be much harder and more rewarding than she ever imagined. Items from childhood trigger difficult memories of her eccentric family growing up in the 1950s and ’60s, but unearthing new facts about her parents helps her reconcile those relationships, with a more accepting perspective about who they were and what they valued. They Left Us Everything is a funny, touching memoir about the importance of preserving family history to make sense of the past, and nurturing family bonds to safeguard the future. From the Hardcover edition.

Caligula

A Biography

Author: Aloys Winterling

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520287592

Category: History

Page: 240

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The infamous emperor Caligula ruled Rome from A.D. 37 to 41 as a tyrant who ultimately became a monster. An exceptionally smart and cruelly witty man, Caligula made his contemporaries worship him as a god. He drank pearls dissolved in vinegar and ate food covered in gold leaf. He forced men and women of high rank to have sex with him, turned part of his palace into a brothel, and committed incest with his sisters. He wanted to make his horse a consul. Torture and executions were the order of the day. Both modern and ancient interpretations have concluded from this alleged evidence that Caligula was insane. But was he? This biography tells a different story of the well-known emperor. In a deft account written for a general audience, Aloys Winterling opens a new perspective on the man and his times. Basing Caligula on a thorough new assessment of the ancient sources, he sets the emperor's story into the context of the political system and the changing relations between the senate and the emperor during Caligula's time and finds a new rationality explaining his notorious brutality.

The Early History of Rome

Author: Livy

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141963077

Category: History

Page: 496

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Livy (c. 59 BC-AD 17) dedicated most of his life to writing some 142 volumes of history, the first five of which comprise The Early History of Rome. With stylistic brilliance, he chronicles nearly 400 years of history, from the founding of Rome (traditionally dated to 757 BC) to the Gallic invasion in 386 BC - an era which witnessed the reign of seven kings, the establishment of the Republic, civil strife and brutal conflict. Bringing compelling characters to life, and re-presenting familiar tales - including the tragedy of Coriolanus and the story of Romulus and Remus - The Early History is a truly epic work, and a passionate warning that Rome should learn from its history.

The Portable Greek Historians

The Essence of Herodotus, Thucydides, Xenophon, Polybius

Author: M. I. Finley

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101127643

Category: History

Page: 512

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Essential passages from the works of four "fathers of history"—Herodotus's History, Thucydides' History of the Peloponnesian War, Xenophon's Anabasis, and Polybius's Histories.

A Parisian Affair

Author: Guy De Maupassant

Publisher: Penguin Books Limited

ISBN: 9780241260845

Category: Fiction

Page: 368

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'Nowhere could she discover the dens of iniquity about which she had dreamed...' Sparkling, darkly humorous tales of high society, playboys, courtesans, peasants, sex and savagery in nineteenth-century France, from the father of the short story. A new series of twenty distinctive, unforgettable Penguin Classics in a beautiful new design and pocket-sized format, with coloured jackets echoing Penguin's original covers.

Put Out More Flags

Author: Evelyn Waugh

Publisher: New Canadian Library

ISBN: 0735253064

Category: Fiction

Page: 175

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Waugh brings some of his best characters back for another romp. Against the backdrop of the Phoney War, Alistair Trumpington wants only the chance to fight for a worthy cause, but instead he finds himself stuck in a never-ending series of military maneuvers, getting him nowhere closer to any front. Meanwhile, the scoundrel Basil Seal sees the burgeoning war as an opportunity to help only himself. Penguin Random House Canada is proud to bring you classic works of literature in e-book form, with the highest quality production values. Find more today and rediscover books you never knew you loved.