The Lives of the Twelve Caesars; Claudius

The Lives of the Twelve Caesars; Claudius (Paperback)

By Gaius Suetonius Tranquillus 
Publisher: General Books
Edition: Paperback
Language: English
ISBN: 1153709899
EAN: 9781153709897
No. of Units: 1
No. of Pages: 40
Publish Date: 2010-7-24
Binding: Paperback
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Excerpt: ...condemned to death five and thirty senators, and above three hundred Roman knights, with so little attention to what he did, that when a centurion brought him word of the execution of a man of consular rank, who was one of the number, and told him that he had executed his order, he declared, "he had ordered no such thing, but that he approved of it;" because his freedmen, it seems, had said, that the soldiers did nothing more than their duty, in dispatching the emperor's enemies without waiting for a warrant. But it is beyond all belief, that he himself, at the marriage of Messalina with the adulterous Silius, should actually sign the writings relative to her dowry; induced, as it is pretended, by the design of diverting from himself and transferring upon another the danger which some omens seemed to threaten him. XXX. Either standing or sitting, but especially when he lay asleep, he had a majestic and graceful appearance; for he was tall, but not slender. His grey looks became him well, and he had a full neck. But his knees were feeble, and failed him in walking, so that his gait was ungainly, both when he assumed state, and when he was taking diversion. He was outrageous in his laughter, and still more so in his wrath, for then he foamed at the mouth, and discharged from his nostrils. He also stammered in his speech, and had a tremulous motion (323) of the head at all times, but particularly when he was engaged in any business, however trifling. XXXI. Though his health was very infirm during the former part of his life, yet, after he became emperor, he enjoyed a good state of health, except only that he was subject to a pain of the stomach. In a fit of this complaint, he said he had thoughts of killing himself. XXXII. He gave entertainments as frequent as they were splendid, and generally when there was such ample room, that very often six hundred guests sat down together. At a feast he gave on the banks of the canal for draining the Fucine Lake, ...
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Title: The Lives of the Twelve Caesars; Claudius
Publisher: General Books
Author: Gaius Suetonius Tranquillus
Edition: Paperback
Language: English
ISBN: 1153709899
EAN: 9781153709897
No. of Units: 1
No. of Pages: 40
Publish Date: 2010-7-24
Binding: Paperback

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