The Twelve Caesars

Suetonius
Illustrated by Raymond Hawthorn
Translated by Robert Graves

The gripping first-hand account of the turbulent history of Imperial Rome told through the lives of the Caesars, from Julius Caesar to Domitian, vividly translated and illustrated with wood-engraving portraits.

The Twelve Caesars is a fascinating achievement of scholarship covering a critical period in the Empire.’

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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. The lives of the Caesars and the people they ruled remains a fascinating topic and this first-hand account is as absorbing as when it was first published over 2,000 years ago.

‘Suetonius, in holding up a mirror to those Caesars of diverting legend, reflects not only them but ourselves: half-tempted creatures, whose great moral task is to hold in balance the angel and the monster within.’

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Three-quarter bound in blocked cloth with a design based on the engravings by Raymond Hawthorn

Set in Poliphilus

320 pages

12 black & white wood-engraving illustrations

Plain slipcase

10˝ × 6¼˝

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