1651 Suetonius Twelve Caesars Julius Caesar Caligula Nero ROME Portraits Hackium

SUETONIUS, Caius Tranquillus

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“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 rare 1651 printing features the commentary of Johann Schild and uses the text of Isaac Casaubon. The illustrated, engraved title page is typical of Hackium printings – this fine engraving, as well as the 12 portrait engravings, are from Reinier van Persyn.

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1651 Suetonius Twelve Caesars Julius Caesar Caligula Nero ROME Portraits Hackium

 

“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 rare 1651 printing features the commentary of Johann Schild and uses the text of Isaac Casaubon. The illustrated, engraved title page is typical of Hackium printings – this fine engraving, as well as the 12 portrait engravings, are from Reinier van Persyn.

 

Item number: #2624

Price: $550

 

SUETONIUS, Caius Tranquillus

 

  1. Suetonius Tranquillus. Accedit e selectis multorum observationibus quarum non paucae novae prodeunt commentarius, exhibente J. Schildio.

 

Lugduni Batavorum : Ex officina Francisci Hackii, 1651.

 

Details:

  • Collation complete with all pages: [40], 850, [82]
    • 13 portrait engravings; including frontispiece
    • Signatures: *-**8, ***4, A-Z8, Aa-Zz8, Aaa-Mmm8, Nnn2
  • References: Ebert II, 21924; Graesse VI, 522; Schweiger, Handbuch
    • Graesse & Schweiger –text comes from Isaac Casaubon, who made some changes
  • Provenance: Handwritten – Levoy
  • Language: Latin
  • Binding: Vellum; tight & secure
  • Size: ~7.25in X 4.5in (18.5cm x 11.5cm)

 

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2624

Category

Classical Greco-Roman

Authors

SUETONIUS, Caius Tranquillus

Printing Date

17th Century

Language

Latin

Binding

Leather

Book Condition

Excellent

Collation

Complete