Sunday, May 26, 2024

Gaius Suetonius Tranquillus, Lives of the Caesars. Book VIII. The Flavians. Lives of Vespasian, Titus and Domitian

José Luís Brandão
University of Coimbra  
Suetónio VIII


Translation accompanied by introduction and notes of the Vidas dos Flávios, the dynasty that ruled Rome between 69 and 96 A.D. This family, although it did not have ancestors as illustrious as their predecessors and was of Sabine origin, brought stability to Rome after the successive coups d'état that took place after Nero's death. But while the biographies of Vespasian and Titus emphasise mainly positive aspects (Vespasian is presented as a good-natured restorer of the city and society, and Titus is described as "love and delight of the human race"), Vespasian's youngest son Domitian is associated with the typical platitudes of tyrants, a set of vices that justify his death.

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