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The Twelve Caesars by Suetonius

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The Twelve Caesars by Suetonius

 The Roman Empire, which stretched from the north of England to the Sahara desert, from Portugal to the Middle East, was one of the most powerful empires in history, stretching over a vast area. And at the center of this vast empire reigned a single man who had complete control over everything: the emperor. Rome's rulers might be nice or terrible, compassionate or cruel, rational or deranged; they could even be insane. In these notes, we'll take a look at the emperors of Rome, first and foremost, as seen through the eyes of Suetonius, the Roman historian. We'll look at their successes and tragedies, their follies and vices, and everything in between. It's a fascinating tale. So let's get this party started. Among the topics covered in these notes are how Caesar came to have complete authority, why so many emperors died prematurely, and how the notion that Nero fiddled while Rome burnt came about.

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