Caius Caligula: The Lives of the Caesars

Caius Caligula The Lives of the Caesars A gem of the biographical genre this captivating book contains the life accounts of twelve Roman emperors including Julius Caesar Suetonius not only presents the emperors as formidable rulers but al

  • Title: Caius Caligula: The Lives of the Caesars
  • Author: Suetonius
  • ISBN: 9781458707703
  • Page: 183
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  • Caius Caligula: The Lives of the Caesars

    A gem of the biographical genre, this captivating book contains the life accounts of twelve Roman emperors, including Julius Caesar Suetonius not only presents the emperors as formidable rulers but also throws light on their personal lives His talent as a biographer is at its zenith as he takes us back in time with his eloquent narrative and vibrant descriptions MagnifiA gem of the biographical genre, this captivating book contains the life accounts of twelve Roman emperors, including Julius Caesar Suetonius not only presents the emperors as formidable rulers but also throws light on their personal lives His talent as a biographer is at its zenith as he takes us back in time with his eloquent narrative and vibrant descriptions Magnificent

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    1. Glenn Russell

      “Thus far we have spoken of him as a prince. What remains to be said of him, bespeaks him rather a monster than a man.” The Roman historian Suetonius wrote these words about ancient Rome’s most notorious emperor – Caligula. Reading the life of Caligula and his reign as the most powerful man in the world (less than a 4 year reign, from age 25-28 when he was assassinated) is one unforgettable experience. Since my primary interest is philosophy and not history, I will spare readers the gory [...]

    2. Michelle Curie

      "So much for Gaius the Emperor; the rest of this history must needs deal with Gaius the Monster."Men that one might call strange or besides themselves can suddenly become dangerous and scary when in power. The Roman emperor Caligula was one of those. In this Little Black Classic we are presented the exciting and terrifying biography of a man who pronounced himself a god. Caligula was both physically and mentally ill, but what defines him is his sheer madness. He had a violent temper, a sense for [...]

    3. Sam Quixote

      Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus, aka Caligula (Latin for “little soldier’s boot”, a childhood nickname), if he’s known by anyone today, it’s for being the maddest emperor of Ancient Rome - and there were a few mental bastards! The impression stems from incidents like trying to make his horse head of the Senate and thinking he was a god who could talk to the sea. This short book in Penguin’s Little Black Classics series, celebrating Penguin’s 80th anniversary, is an extract [...]

    4. Peter

      Robert Graves' translation is superb, a fine piece of writing. This slim tome of only 58 pages is an exuberant piece of work and has what a number of these slim tomes are missing, which is the "Need to read the rest of this classic piece". To some this may seem a rushed and condensed work that leaves many questions, good, then it has worked it's magic.Caligula's madness was supreme, (especially if you like the classics):He wanted to supress Homers poetry, have Virgil's work removed from the libr [...]

    5. Bookdragon Sean

      “Let them hate me, so long as they fear me.”This was terrifying, terrifying because a man such as this actually had control of an entire Empire. How could such a thing happen? His peers clearly noticed he wasn’t exactly normal. I wonder if power sent him mad or madness sent him to power. People were clearly afraid of this guy. Who in their right mind would sit down to dinner, and watch a round of torture for entertainment?"Everything that Gaius said and did was marked with equal cruelty, e [...]

    6. Melora

      Horrifying, but also weirdly fascinating. It's sort of amazing that Caligula was tolerated as emperor as long as he was (nearly four years), given the level of his vicious, flamboyant insanity, but according to Suetonius he was initially quite popular among the common people and the military. He started by staging some spectacularly extravagant performances and making some dramatic shows of sympathy for wronged Roman citizens, and it required truly egregious behavior to exhaust the tolerance of [...]

    7. Liz Janet

      This is a snippet from his famous work "The Tweleve Caesars," and I enjoyed going back and reading my favourite of his Caesars, but again, the translation lacked. Since I have already read another translation of this work, this one fell very short. But, I adore that they chose Caligula. He believed himself to be a god, and among the Caesars, he was the most insane. We are introduced at first to all the good things he did, and then we get to what he will be remembered the most: "So much for Gaius [...]

    8. Florencia

      Let them hate me, so long as they fear me. Sweet mother of all that is good and pure - a promising start, a 25-year-old hailed by his people as the new savior, and then nearly four years of complete terror, whimsical executions, depravity, tons of money squandered on self-absorbed undertakings. An endless source of all kinds of cruel acts due to the corruption begotten by absolute power. A creature beyond human understanding.Oh yeah, fine writing, Suetonius. I'll get back to you.March 05, 18

    9. Daren

      An excerpt, or collection of excerpts (I couldn't tell if they were consecutive or not) from Suetonius' Lives of the Caesars or The Twelve Caesars.On the whole I was a bit disappointed with this. I am sure that when I was at school we read about the debauchery of Caligula in Classics class, and it was all booze and orgies, murders and incest. I was looking forward to a highlights package condensed into 60 pages.What was delivered was more of a potted history - his family background, yes - a whol [...]

    10. Chris

      For me, Caligula will always be John Hurt dancing. That scene, from I Claudius where Hurt prances in front of Derek Jacobi and two other politicos that mini-series has influenced how I see Livia and Claudius. So Caligula is John Hurt. This Penguins Little Classic is Suetonius’ chronicle of Caligula, and thorough Suetonius’ history does rely on rumor and story, it is still a good read. Even today, it still speaks largely to politics. More importantly, Suetonius seems to be puzzled, as most p [...]

    11. Lydia

      Suetonius is one of the greatest biographers. Honestly, who cares about objective studies and accuracy when you can have Sutonius' entertaining tales?

    12. Kevin J.J. Carpenter

      Do you remember that token kid in school who had ADHD, was inappropriately disciplined and medicated, and would act mindlessly disdainful to garner attention, performing crude acts and constantly stirring up the pre-pubescent pot? Well, apparently that kid became Emperor!

    13. Zezee

      As posted on Zezee with Books.Caligula…was a crazy-ass dude. Whenever I confess to certain people that I want to read The Twelve Caesars by Suetonius, they reply with a surprised Why?? Why would I want to read about such horrible things? One of my few reader friends often asks me this whenever I mention the book because she was unable to stomach the contents of the book when she first attempted to read it.The Twelve Caesars is the biography of the first caesars of the Roman Empire. In that way [...]

    14. Joey Woolfardis

      Suetonius was a 2nd Century CE Roman historian, who is best known for his work The Twelve Caesars, in which he writes of the twelve Roman Emperors, from Julius Caesar to Domitian (49 BCE to 96 CE).This Little Black Classic is a wonder to behold. It recounts the horrors of Caligula, the nickname of Gaius Caesar, 3rd Emperor of the Roman Empire during the 1st century, CE. At the age of 26, Caligula was sleeping with his sisters, stealing wives, having relations with famous dancers and killing anyo [...]

    15. Anwen Hayward

      I mean, it has to be said: Caligula was absolutely insane. This recounting by Suetonius of some of Caligula's more scandalous activities makes for very interesting reading. Part history book, part Hello! magazine, Suetonius mixes gossip, personal opinion and accepted truths to form an account of Caligula's tyranny that can't be entirely verified, but has certainly been hugely influential in forming our modern opinion of one of history's most terrifying rulers.

    16. sanne_reads

      At first I thought it was hard to follow, a lot of names and titles were mentioned. Eventually when the story came to the life of caligula himself it became a pretty quick read. This man was horrible, and even though I knew beforehand it was not something that I expected when reading how he acted at first as an emperor. Some serious mental problems involved here, how I would like to have had a chance to figure that mind out (me being a typical (almost) psychologist).

    17. William

      Jolly good booklet, taken from Robert Grave's translation of 'The Twelve Caesars'. I love this 80th anniversary edition, about 60 pages long, which you can take to the park with you, or to a cafe, and read it in one go. It's an interesting overview, not too gruesome, of the emperor's life, affairs and ancient Rome in general.

    18. Charlotte (Bookmarks and Blogging)

      Caligula was not a nice man - on that I think we can all agree, even if we have only the faintest knowledge of his reign. This little black classic, however, offers a deeper insight into one of Rome's worst emperors and we learn that things didn't start off all badYes, he was still a vicious person who was out for himself, but the people seemed to idolise him and rejoice in him coming to power. It was only after he had the power that his true nature appeared - but maybe it was this that first dr [...]

    19. Tyler Jones

      While I enjoy the flamboyant style of Suetonius, it is my understanding that the accuracy of his histories is somewhat questionable. Still, if even a small portion of this is true, then Caligula is certainly one of the most vile people to have ever lived. I enjoyed this for the style in which it is written. The voice of Suetonius is delightfully droll at times, and the tone of the writing is at such odds with the horrific events described that it creates (forgive me for saying this) a comic effe [...]

    20. Maham

      This book provides a brief but informative biography about one of the most loathed after roman emperors ever. And what a tale it is. My God that man was off his rockers. Mouth-foaming crazy. Beheading people just cause they looked him wrong. Driving a wealthy nation bankrupt in a year. Forcing people to worship him literally. And lets not even talk about incest. ugh! Caligula was grossly promiscuous, selfish, glutinous, ass of an emperor. Caligula shows us how low humanity can go and still keep [...]

    21. Bibliogrub

      Such a sorry, tragic reign it was. Our dear, Caligula. He was gifted, intelligent, capable of loving so passionately but his broken mind sought after his own destruction.Behind all the crimes and injustices was just a worn out little boy who was slowly losing control over himself.In the end, I just felt like he was such a waste. Had he not been so broken like that he would have made a great leader. It all started so well but still met a miserable fate at such a young age.

    22. Annabelle

      Read this chapbook on Robert Graves translation of Suetonius's work immediately after Dynasty: The Rise and Fall of the House of Caesar. Now I see why modern biographers always adhere to multiple sources. Caligula is just as monstrous here as he is described in other sources, but we only see one dimension of the man--or monster, that he was.

    23. Elīna Zviedre

      This man really was a piece of work. If you can call him a man at all. At the beginning of his reign he seemed pretty normal and then he kind of lost his mind.I got to say i'm surprised he wasn't killed off sooner, but i guess as much as he was feared he must have been a great entertainment. Also, say or think what you will about him, but he was damn creative with his punishments.

    24. Samantha Bee

      Very interesting and somewhat messed-up read, though I probably wouldn't take every anecdote literally. Suetonius reads much like Vasari, in that he seems to rely more on gossip than accurate fact, though the gossip alone sounds horrifying. (Not that he would have had access to an online database of peer-reviewed journals back then…)

    25. AnnaG

      Suetonius was a great tabloid journalist of his time. This translation is very faithful to the original text and unfortunately in doing so sucks out the enjoyment of the gossip and rumour-mongering.

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