Press Release: Twelve Caesars

The Twelve Caesars


Translated and introduced by Robert Graves
Illustrated with wood-engravings by Raymond Hawthorn

‘Suetonius, in holding up a mirror to those Caesars of diverting legend, reflects not only them but ourselves’
gore vidal

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. The lives of the Caesars and the people they ruled remains a fascinating topic and this lively and accessable first-hand account is as absorbing as when it first appeared over 2,000 years ago. This best-selling Folio edition has been reissued at the request of our reader with a suitably imperial binding.

The author Suetonius lived nearly thirty years of his life under the Caesars. Chief Secretary to Hadrian, his access to the imperial and senatorial archives imparts great authorial credibility to his research. His incredible text provides an unadulterated and historically accurate account of Rome and its rulers during this period of extreme excess and gratuitous suffering. With the Roman emperors as his subjects, Suetonius was never short of scandalous anecdotes but much of his information is gleaned from eyewitness accounts and contemporary archives.

Robert Graves’s translation is a triumph and remains the unsurpassed version; the narrative is fast-paced and conveys the brutality and powerwielding politics of the period in gripping detail. His foreword explains his approach to the complicated task of translating early first-century Latin text into a format accessible to contemporary readers.The edition is illustrated with Raymond Hawthorn’s exquisite wood-engravings; one full-page portrait of each Caesar. Hawthorn skilfully places each emperor in a setting that typifies their ruling style.

Product information

Three-quarter bound in blocked with a blocked paper front board. Set in Poliphilus. 320 pages. 12 black and white wood-engraving illustrations. 10˝ × 6¼˝.

UK £34.95 US $51.95 Can $69.95 Aus $69.95





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