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1658 Suetonius Twelve Caesars Julius Caesar Caligula Nero ROME Thiboust Elzevier

“Nothing is more unpredictable than the mob, nothing more obscure than public opinion, nothing more deceptive than the whole political system.”

― Suetonius, ‘The Twelve Caesars’

Suetonius was a 1st-century Roman historian who is most remembered by his important set of biographies of twelve successive Roman rulers from Julius Caesar to Domitian. “The Lives of Twelve Caesars” or “De Vita Caesarum” is still considered one of the primary sources on Roman history and discusses important facets of the end of the Roman Republic.

“Twelve Caesars” covers the lives of Julius Caesar, Augustus, Tiberius, Caligula, Claudius, Nero, Galba, Otho, Vitellus, Vespasian, Titus, and Domitian, and is the first work to offer insights to some of the lesser-known aspects of these important Roman figures – such as Julius Caesar’s struggle with epilepsy. The extent of what is culturally known about Caligula comes almost exclusively from Suetonius – little else was written about the sadistic ruler. Suetonius says of Caligula’s reign:

“So much for the Emperor; the rest of this history must deal with the Monster.”

This 1658 printing of Suetonius was published by Claude Thiboust who, according to Willems, was a known Elzevier counterfeit publisher. This edition has all the features that should exist in an Elzevier printing, including the fully illustrated title page.

Item number: #2374

Price: $499

SUETONIUS, Caius Tranquillus

Caius Suetonius Tranquillus cum annotationibus diversorum.

Amstelodami: Apud Claudium Thiboust, 1658.


•Collation complete with all pages: 406, [16], [3]

•References: Willems [xciii];

•Language: Latin

•Binding: Leather; tight & secure

•Size: ~4.75in X 2.5in (12cm x 6cm)

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1658 Suetonius Twelve Caesars Julius Caesar Caligula

Estimate $499 - $1,000Apr 8, 2018