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Cambridge University Press, Mar 15, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 272 pages
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The first-century emperor Claudius did not leave the fledgling Roman Empire as he had found it: his contribution was to turn its developing institutions into an imperial tradition. But the ancient sources represent him as an odd personality - active but manipulated by his inferiors, at once distracted and awkward and cruel. Suetonius' biography is a rich offering of both solid fact and the prejudicial anecdotes that his contemporaries and the generation that followed thought worth repeating, raw material for exploring the man and his reign. This commentary provides context for the text's abundant information, but form is not neglected, and attention is given to Suetonius' intelligent and conscious marshalling of his material, and guidance offered to students reading the biographer's often densely compressed style. This is the first English commentary on the Claudius Life to deal with both historical and stylistic issues.
  

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Contents

Preface
vii
Introduction
1
Suetonius and his career
2
Biography and De uita Caesarum
4
Claudius
10
The story
14
Structure and style
17
Text and afterlife
20
Sigla
27
C SVETONI TRANQVILLI DE VITA CAESARVM LIBER QVINTVS DIVVS CLAVDIVS
29
Commentary
55
Abbreviations and references
245
Bibliography commentaries and translations
247
Indexes
262
2 General
265
3 Persons
269

Important dates in the life of Claudius
23

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