The History of Polybius the Megalopolitan

containing a general account of the transactions of the world, and principally of the Roman people, during the first and second Punick wars, &c

Author: Polybius,John Dryden

Publisher: N.A


Category: Greece

Page: N.A

View: 4987

Biography & Autobiography

The Twelve Caesars

The Dramatic Lives of the Emperors of Rome

Author: Matthew Dennison

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 125002353X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 385

View: 2627

A vividly detailed retelling of the lives and times of the Roman emperors traces how their reigns marked Rome's shift from a republic to an influential empire, offering a sequence of biographies that offers insight into the political and social dynamics of each ruler's time. By the author of The Last Princess.

The Conquest of Gaul

Author: Julius Caesar,W. A. MacDevitt

Publisher: Publishing

ISBN: 9781420945140

Category: History

Page: 140

View: 7066

First published just before the end of the Roman Republic by that legendary country's most immortalized leader, "The Conquest of Gaul," also called "Commentarii de Bello Gallico," is an account of Julius Caesar's capture of Gaul in the first century. Beginning with the Helvetian War in 58 BC, Caesar uses his exemplary Latin prose to explain how his forces were protecting Provence, and how they were later drawn out in campaigns against the Veneti, the Aquitani, numerous Germanic peoples, the Belgae, the Gauls, and the Bretons. Caesar, perhaps in defense of his expensive and geographically vast wars, explains the methods of his campaigns, from the timing of the seasons to provisioning and defense. This autobiographical work is both a concise reckoning of forces and an informative wartime narrative, consistently revealing the author as a politically brilliant commander and an unrivaled man.

History of Twelve Caesars

Author: Suetonius

Publisher: N.A


Category: Emperors

Page: N.A

View: 6224

Biography & Autobiography

Makers of Rome, Nine Lives

Coriolanus, Fabius Maximus, Macellus, Cato the Elder, Tiberius Gracchus, Gaius Gracchus, Sertorius, Brutus, Mark Antony

Author: Plutarch

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0140441581

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 366

View: 659

Trans. with an intro. by Ian Scott-Kilvert.
Biography & Autobiography

The Twelve Caesars

Author: Suetonius,Robert Graves,J. B. Rives

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0140455167

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 398

View: 2512

An essential primary source on Roman history, Suetonius' The Twelve Caesars is a fascinating achievement of scholarship covering a critical period in the Empire. This Penguin Classics edition is translated from the Latin by Robert Graves, author of I, Claudius, revised with an introduction and notes by James B. Rives. As private secretary to the Emperor Hadrian, the scholar Suetonius had access to the imperial archives and used them (along with eyewitness accounts) to produce one of the most colourful biographical works in history. The Twelve Caesars chronicles the public careers and private lives of the men who wielded absolute power over Rome, from the foundation of the empire under Julius Caesar and Augustus, to the decline into depravity and civil war under Nero and the recovery that came with his successors. A masterpiece of observation, anecdote and detailed physical description, The Twelve Caesars presents us with a gallery of vividly drawn - and all too human - individuals. James B. Rives has sensitively updated Robert Graves's now classic translation, reinstating Latin terms and updating vocabulary while retaining the liveliness of the original. This edition contains a new chronology, further reading, glossaries, maps, notes and an introduction discussing Suetonius' life and works. Gaius Suetonius Tranquillus was probably born in AD69 - the famous 'year of the four Emperors'. From the letters of Suetonius' close friend Pliny the Younger we learn that he practiced briefly at the bar, avoided political life, and became chief secretary to the Emperor Hadrian (AD117-38). Suetonius seems to have lived to a good age and probably died around the year AD140. If you enjoyed The Twelve Caesars, you might like Tacitus's The Annals of Imperial Rome, also available in Penguin Classics. 'Suetonius, in holding up a mirror to those Caesars of diverting legend, reflects not only them but ourselves: half-tempted creatures, whose great moral task is to hold in balance the angel and the monster within'Gore Vidal

Delphi Complete Works of Suetonius (Illustrated)

Author: Suetonius

Publisher: Delphi Classics

ISBN: 1909496146

Category: Fiction

Page: 3491

View: 9496

The Ancient Classics series provides eReaders with the wisdom of the Classical world, with both English translations and the original Latin and Greek texts. This comprehensive eBook presents the complete works of the Ancient biographer Suetonius, with beautiful illustrations, informative introductions and the usual Delphi bonus material. (3MB Version 2) * Beautifully illustrated with images relating to Suetonius' life and works * Features the complete works of Suetonius, in both English translation and the original Latin * Concise introductions to the histories and other works * Explore the exciting lives of the ‘Twelve Caesars’ in comprehensive detail * Two translations of ‘Twelve Caesars’ - ALEXANDER THOMSON and J. C. ROLFE (Loeb Classical Library) * Provides a special bonus dual English and Latin text, allowing readers to compare the texts paragraph by paragraph – ideal for students * Includes translations and texts previously appearing in Loeb Classical Library editions of Suetonius’ works * Excellent formatting of the texts * Easily locate the biographies or works you want to read with individual contents tables * Includes the special BONUS text of the AUGUSTAN HISTORY in English and Latin – this later work serves as a sequel to Suetonius’ TWELVE CAESARS, continuing the biographies from the Emperor Hadrian - first time in digital print * Features a bonus biography - explore Suetonius' ancient world * Scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres * UPDATED with Rolfe's translation, corrections, improved structure and a new biography Please visit to browse through our range of exciting titles CONTENTS: The Translations THE TWELVE CAESARS THE TWELVE CAESARS (Dual Latin and English Text) LIVES OF FAMOUS MEN AUGUSTAN HISTORY The Latin Texts DE VITIS CAESARUM DE VIRIS ILLUSTRIBUS HISTORIA AUGUSTA The Biography THE LIFE AND WORKS OF SUETONIUS by J. C. Rolfe Please visit to browse through our range of Ancient Classics
Germanic peoples

The Agricola and Germany of Tacitus

And the Dialogue on Oratory

Author: Cornelius Tacitus

Publisher: N.A


Category: Germanic peoples

Page: 205

View: 6549


Slightly Out Of Focus

Author: Robert Capa

Publisher: Pickle Partners Publishing

ISBN: 1786256401

Category: History

Page: 187

View: 8492

In 1942, a dashing young man who liked nothing so much as a heated game of poker, a good bottle of scotch, and the company of a pretty girl hopped a merchant ship to England. He was Robert Capa, the brilliant and daring photojournalist, and Collier’s magazine had put him on assignment to photograph the war raging in Europe. In these pages, Capa recounts his terrifying journey through the darkest battles of World War II and shares his memories of the men and women of the Allied forces who befriended, amused, and captivated him along the way. His photographs are masterpieces — John G. Morris, Magnum Photos’ first executive editor, called Capa “the century’s greatest battlefield photographer” — and his writing is by turns riotously funny and deeply moving. From Sicily to London, Normandy to Algiers, Capa experienced some of the most trying conditions imaginable, yet his compassion and wit shine on every page of this book. Charming and profound, Slightly Out of Focus is a marvelous memoir told in words and pictures by an extraordinary man.—Print Ed.
Social Science

The Disappearance of Childhood

Author: Neil Postman

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307797228

Category: Social Science

Page: 192

View: 364

From the vogue for nubile models to the explosion in the juvenile crime rate, this modern classic of social history and media traces the precipitous decline of childhood in America today−and the corresponding threat to the notion of adulthood. Deftly marshaling a vast array of historical and demographic research, Neil Postman, author of Technopoly, suggests that childhood is a relatively recent invention, which came into being as the new medium of print imposed divisions between children and adults. But now these divisions are eroding under the barrage of television, which turns the adult secrets of sex and violence into poprular entertainment and pitches both news and advertising at the intellectual level of ten-year-olds. Informative, alarming, and aphorisitc, The Disappearance of Childhood is a triumph of history and prophecy.
Biography & Autobiography

The Lives of the Grammarians, Rhetoricians and Poets

Author: C. Suetonius Tranquillus

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781406565980

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 56

View: 6016

Gaius Suetonius Tranquillus (c70-c140), also known as Suetonius, was a prominent Roman historian and biographer. He is mainly remembered as the author of De Vita Caesarum (Lives of the Caesars, best known in English as The Twelve Caesars), his only extant work. The Twelve Caesars, probably written in Hadrian's time, is a collective biography of the Roman Empire's first leaders who were: Julius Caesar, Augustus, Tiberius, Caligula, Claudius, Nero, Galba, Otho, Vitellius, Vespasian, Titus and Domitian. The work tells the tale of each Caesar's life according to a set formula: the descriptions of appearance, omens, family history, quotes, and then a history are given in a consistent order for each Caesar. Suetonius regarded emperors who amassed wealth for the public purse to be "greedy," perhaps a reflection of the average Roman middle class attitudes.

Put Out More Flags

Author: Evelyn Waugh

Publisher: New Canadian Library

ISBN: 0735253064

Category: Fiction

Page: 175

View: 9606

Waugh brings some of his best characters back for another romp. Against the backdrop of the Phoney War, Alistair Trumpington wants only the chance to fight for a worthy cause, but instead he finds himself stuck in a never-ending series of military maneuvers, getting him nowhere closer to any front. Meanwhile, the scoundrel Basil Seal sees the burgeoning war as an opportunity to help only himself. Penguin Random House Canada is proud to bring you classic works of literature in e-book form, with the highest quality production values. Find more today and rediscover books you never knew you loved.

The Reader Over Your Shoulder

A Handbook for Writers of English Prose

Author: Robert Graves

Publisher: RosettaBooks

ISBN: 0795350465

Category: Reference

Page: N.A

View: 8215

In late October 1939, Robert Graves wrote to Alan Hodge: “I have begun a new book, about English.” Graves and Hodge had recently completed a social history of the between-wars period called The Long Week-End. Now they embarked on this new project, “a handbook for writers of English Prose,” to be called The Reader Over Your Shoulder. The world was in total upheaval. Graves had already fled Majorca three years earlier at the start of the Spanish Civil War. As they labored over their new writing project, Graves and Hodge witnessed the fall of France and the evacuation of Allied forces at Dunkirk. In early September 1940 began the bombing of London by the German Luftwaffe, a concentrated effort to destroy the resolve of the English people. Graves’s and Hodge’s idea was simple enough: at a time when their whole world was falling apart, the survival of English prose sentences, of writing that was clear, concise, intelligible, had become paramount if hope were going to survive the onslaught. They came up with forty-one principles for writing, the majority devoted to clarity, the remainder to grace of expression. They studied the prose of a wide range of noted authors and leaders, finding much room for improvement. Quoting grammarian and bestselling author Patricia T. O’Conner from her new introduction, “With a new war to be won, the kingdom couldn’t afford careless, sloppy English. Good communication was critical.” The book they would write would turn out to be one of the most erudite, and at the same time one of the most spontaneous and inspired, ever to take on the challenge of writing well. O’Conner in her introduction describes The Reader Over Your Shoulder as nothing less than “the best book on writing ever published.” The present edition restores, for the first time in three-quarters of a century, the original, 1943, text, which in subsequent printings and editions had been shortened by over 150 pages, including much of the heart of the book.
Antiques & Collectibles

The Silver Caesars

A Renaissance Mystery

Author: Julia Siemon

Publisher: Metropolitan Museum of Art

ISBN: 1588396398

Category: Antiques & Collectibles

Page: 218

View: 2187

The twelve monumental silver-gilt standing cups known as the Aldobrandini Tazze constitute perhaps the most enigmatic masterpiece of Renaissance European metalwork. Topped with statuettes of the Twelve Caesars, the tazze are decorated with marvelously detailed scenes illustrating the lives of those ancient Roman rulers. The work’s origin is unknown, and the ensemble was divided in the nineteenth century and widely dispersed, greatly hampering study. This volume, inspired by a groundbreaking symposium at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, examines topics ranging from the tazze’s representation of the ancient world to their fate in the hands of nineteenth-century collectors, and presents newly discovered archival material and advanced scientific findings. The distinguished essayists propose answers to critical questions that have long surrounded the set and shed light on the stature of Renaissance goldsmiths’ work as an art form, establishing a new standard for the study of Renaissance silver.
Literary Collections

The Civil War

Author: Julius Caesar

Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks

ISBN: 9780199540624

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 432

View: 6166

The Civil War is Caesar's masterly account of the celebrated conflict between himself and his great rival Pompey, from the crossing of the Rubicon in January 49 B.C. to Pompey's death and the start of the Alexandrian War in the autumn of the following year. This new translation is the most fully annotated edition available, and also includes accounts of the Alexandrian War, the African War, and the Spanish War by other hands.
Biography & Autobiography


First Emperor of Rome

Author: Adrian Goldsworthy

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300210078

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 624

View: 1873

Caesar Augustus’ story, one of the most riveting in western history, is filled with drama and contradiction, risky gambles and unexpected success. He began as a teenage warlord, whose only claim to power was as the heir of the murdered Julius Caesar. Mark Antony dubbed him “a boy who owes everything to a name,” but in the years to come the youth outmaneuvered all the older and more experienced politicians and was the last man standing in 30 BC. Over the next half century he reinvented himself as a servant of the state who gave Rome peace and stability, and created a new system of government—the Principate or rule of an emperor. In this highly anticipated biography Goldsworthy puts his deep knowledge of ancient sources to full use, recounting the events of Augustus’ long life in greater detail than ever before. Goldsworthy pins down the man behind the myths: a consummate manipulator, propagandist, and showman, both generous and ruthless. Under Augustus’ rule the empire prospered, yet his success was never assured and the events of his life unfolded with exciting unpredictability. Goldsworthy captures the passion and savagery, the public image and private struggles of the real man whose epic life continues to influence western history.

Penguin Modern Classics: The Complete List

The Complete List

Author: N.A

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141970316

Category: Reference

Page: 96

View: 4486

'A classic is a book which has never exhausted all it has to say to its readers' from Why Read the Classics? by Italo Calvino Penguin Modern Classics have been shaping the reading habits of generations since 1961. This 50th anniversary catalogue offers a complete list of all the titles in print across the Modern Classics list, from Chinua Achebe to Stefan Zweig via George Orwell and everything else in between. It also contains Italo Calvino's inspiring essay on what makes a classic a classic.
Historical fiction

I, Claudius

From the Autobiography of Tiberius Claudius, Emperor of the Romans, Born 10 B.C. Murdered and Deified A.D. 54

Author: Robert Graves

Publisher: Collector's Library

ISBN: 9781907360800

Category: Historical fiction

Page: 598

View: 733

The Julio-Claudian family possessed all the brutality and dysfunctionality of the Sopranos, but with fewer (or no) constraints on their power to injure outsiders or each other. From this raw material Robert Graves brilliantly recreates a world of power, intrigue and cruelty, a world permeated through and through with the threat of sudden and violent death. In the process he raises striking, sometimes unanswerable questions: was Tiberius really as depraved as Suetonius suggests? Was Livia the true power behind Augustus' throne? And did she really poison all those people? Did Caligula seriously plan to make his horse a consul? Whether or not we can answer these questions, this was certainly a world in which such things could happen.With an Afterword by Tom Griffith.


The Cicero Plays

Author: Robert Harris

Publisher: Nick Hern Books

ISBN: 9781848426986


Page: 224

View: 4296

Cicero, the greatest orator of his age, devotes all his energy and cunning to preserve the rule of law, and defend Rome's Republic against the predatory attacks of political rivals, discontented aristocrats, and would-be military dictators. Imperium is a backstage view of Ancient Rome at its most bloody and brutal, told through the eyes of Tiro, Cicero's loyal secretary. Adapted by Mike Poulton from Robert Harris's bestselling The Cicero Trilogy, it was premiered by the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon in November 2017 in an epic event comprising six plays presented in two performances. Mike Poulton is an award-winning dramatist whose many adaptations include Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, The Canterbury Tales and Morte d'Arthur (all for the Royal Shakespeare Company), A Tale of Two Cities (Royal & Derngate, Northampton), Luise Miller (Donmar Warehouse), Don Carlos (Sheffield Crucible/West End) and Wallenstein (Chichester Festival Theatre).