Suetonius: Electronic Texts and Resources
Suetonius: Electronic Texts and Resources
The Stoa and the Perseus
Project will be collaborating on a new electronic edition of
Suetonius's Lives of the Caesars. This integrated electronic
edition will contain Latin texts, English translations, and commentaries,
together with links to the extensive lexical and geographical reference
material available at Perseus. It is hoped that this edition of Suetonius
can contribute to a core set of primary texts for ancient Roman biography
at Perseus. Meanwhile, the Stoa can help to promote new ways of using and
presenting electronic texts: I am especially hopeful that we can
present versions of Suetonius at the Stoa designed for Latin students at
different levels, ranging from beginning to advanced students. If
you have an interest in Suetonius and/or in digital Latin texts, or if
you know of other on-line Sueotonius resources that should be listed here,
please contact the current editor, Laura
with any ideas and suggestions that you have!
GOOD NEWS: There is already a Latin text of Suetonius's Lives
of the Caesars now published at Perseus (it's new! check
it out!). Unlike other versions of the Latin text previously
available on the internet (notably Ad Fontes and the Bibliotheca Augustana),
the text at Perseus is linked to the Lewis & Short Latin Dictionary
and other on-line morphological tools available at Perseus. By Fall
2000, this text should be linked to the geographical tools available at
Perseus (so that you can access maps and other materials for the place
names mentioned in the text). We will also be publishing the English
translation of Suetonius by Philemon Holland, together with his notes.
Additional English translations and commentaries will follow.
As the Stoa/Perseus Suetonius project, unfolds, new material will be
added to this website. For the time being, I have compiled a list
of useful Suetonius materials currently available on the internet.
In addition to the Latin texts on-line at various
sites, there are some public-domain English translations
published on the internet (notably at the Internet
Ancient History Sourcebook and at Imperium:
The Roman Library). There are also some useful book reviews
published by Bryn Mawr Reviews and some relevant
articles published in the Ancient History Bulletin
on-line. In addition, there are useful biographies of the emperors,
together with an extensive coin library, at the De Imperatoribus
Please let me know
about any additional sites that you think would be useful to include!
Any and all input would be much appreciated! Thank you.
PERSEUS PROJECT: more
THE LATIN LIBRARY AT AD FONTES: click
here for more info.
(The Latin Lives can also be found at the Bibliotheca
Augustana and at Ad
INTERNET ANCIENT HISTORY SOURCE BOOK - ROME: more
IMPERIUM - THE ROMAN LIBRARY: more
(Some of these same English translations can be found at the I,
DE IMPERATORIBUS ROMANIS: AN ONLINE ENCYCLOPEDIA:
ENCYCLOPEDIA BRITANNICA: more
ON-LINE HISTORY JOURNALS
HISTOS: THE ELECTRONIC JOURNAL OF ANCIENT HISTORIOGRAPHY:
ANCIENT HISTORY BULLETIN: more
BRYN MAWR REVIEWS: more
Julio-Claudian and Other Relevant Biographies
(ed.), The Historians of Ancient Rome. New York and London: Routledge,
1997. Mellor's book ontains: Suetonius' Life of Gaius Caligula,
in Rolfe's 1913 Loeb translation.
Porter (ed.), Handbook of Classical Rhetoric in the Hellenistic Period,
330 B.C.-A.D. 400. Leiden: E.J. Brill, 1997. " ...The next chapter
is Richard Burridge's on biography, a particularly vivid and dense essay
that reaches back to Isocrates and treats such authors as Tacitus, Plutarch,
Penna, Da Lucrezio a Persio: Saggi, studi, note, con una bibliografia degli
scritti dell'autore, a cura di Mario Citroni, Emanuele Narducci, Alessandro
Perutelli. Milano: Sansoni Editori, 1995. The collection contains
one essay on Suetonius.
Albrecht, A History of Roman Literature from Livius Andronicus to Boethius
with Special Regard to Its Influence on World Literature. Mnemosyne Supplement
169. "What is really odd is that Suetonius, who was born about
A.D. 7O, figures among writers of the 'Middle and Late Empire' along with
Ammonius and in the wake of a mixed bag of late historians from Aurelius
Victor to the H.A. -- some 245 pages after his contemporaries."
Relevant Roman Topics
H. Dixon Slingerland,
Claudian Policymaking and the Early Imperial Repression of Judaism at Rome.
South Florida Studies in the History of Judaism, Number 160. Atlanta: Scholars
Press, 1997. "Dio Cassius, 60.6.6-7, refers to a ban on their
gatherings, evidently at the beginning of the reign. And Suetonius, Claud.
25.4, has him banish Jews who were persistently turbulent at the instigation
of Chrestus. Slingerland persuasively distinguishes the two events."
J. Ramsey and
A. Lewis Licht, The Comet of 44 B.C. and Caesar's Funeral Games. Atlanta:
Scholars Press, 1997. "This book, the result of a collaboration
between a Classicist (Ramsey) and a Physicist (Licht), examines the significance
of Octavian's games and the comet. "
Nero. New York and London: Routledge, 1997. "The book is one
of the series 'Lancaster Pamphlets', whose avowed purpose is to 'offer
concise and up-to-date accounts of major historical topics, primarily for
the help of students preparing for Advanced Level examinations, though
they should also be of value to those pursuing introductory courses in
Barrett, Agrippina: Sex, Power and Politics in the Early Roman Empire.
New Haven: Yale University Press, 1996. "The last of the series,
by the same author as the present volume, was Caligula: The Corruption
of Power, to which Barrett now adds another biography of that emperor's
extraordinary sister, who outlived him to become a figure of great importance
in the two succeeding principates, first as wife of Claudius and then as
mother of Nero."
James S. Ruebel,
Caesar and the Crisis of the Roman Aristocracy. Norman: University of Oklahoma
Press, 1994. "...R.'s certainty notwithstanding, it is very
difficult to come to any firm conclusions on this point, particularly in
light of the competing evidence from other sources such as Suetonius or
Dio. R. fails to mention that such evidence exists..."
and Jamie Masters (edd.), Reflections of Nero: culture, history, &
representation. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 1994."Tamsyn
Barton on 'The inventio of Nero: Suetonius' brings a welcome clarity to
a discussion of the traditional image of Suetonius-as-sieve, which she
argues is based on a misreading of Suetonius' deceptively disengaged authorial
Galba, Otho and Vitellius: careers and controversies. Spudasmata 52. Hildesheim:
Georg Olms, 1993. "M(urison) has not set out to write the
definitive book about the events and personalities of 68 and 69, but to
discuss particular problems, especially those of which he became aware
while working on his commentary on Suetonius' biographies of Galba, Otho
Brian W. Jones,
The Emperor Domitian. London and New York: Routledge, 1992.
"...in Jones' view the principal sources -- Pliny, Tacitus, and Suetonius
-- reflect the hostility of a senatorial class that felt neglected and
even openly scorned by Domitian. ..."
(trans.), Dio: The Julio-Claudians: Selections from Books 58-63 of the
Roman History of Cassius Dio. LACTOR 15. London: London Association of
Classical Teachers, 1992. "In this very useful work Edmondson
translates and comments on the segments of Dio's Roman History that fit
the gaps left in the text of Tacitus' Annals after its precarious transit
of the Middle Ages."
Death of an Emperor. Translated, with introduction and commentary by T.P.
Wiseman. Exeter Studies in History No. 30. Exeter: University of Exeter
Press, 1991. "Wiseman argues convincingly that Josephus' version
of the assassination was based on the accounts of two Roman authors whose
works have not survived -- probably Cluvius Rufus, a senator of consular
rank and an eye-witness to the murder, and Fabius Rusticus, Seneca's equestrian
friend from Spain."
Claudius. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1990. "The reader
who is not blessed with a good knowledge of Suetonius, Dio, Josephus, Tacitus
and the major documents of the period will not find this an easy book to
Barrett, Caligula: The Corruption of Power. London: B.T. Batsford Ltd.,
1989. "Barrett regards Caligula as a sane, intelligent ruler
and attempts to rationalize his actions. Suetonius and Dio are dismissed
as biased, and Barrett sees no need to take their judgments of Caligula
Ruling Roman Britain: kings, queens, governors, and emperors from Julius
Caesar to Agricola. London: Routledge, 1996. "This is emphatically
not a book about the mechanics of running Roman Britain from either the
perspective of political or social history. Instead, the book is an examination
of the nature of the literary texts used to write the history of the province.
Roman Britain: A Sourcebook. Second edition. London and New York: Routledge,
1996. "With no single chronicle or narrative of events in
the westernmost Roman province(s) to guide us, students of Roman Britain
rely on bits and pieces of information scattered throughout the writings
of imperial historians like Tacitus, Suetonius, Dio Cassius, and Ammianus
The Eye of the Beholder: Deformity and Disability in the Greco-Roman World.
Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1995. "Future emperors despised
as "outcasts" at court were most favorable to other human rejects when
they took the throne: Tiberius had a dwarf court jester; Claudius an intimate,
Julius Paelignus, "despised alike for his stupid mind and contemptible
body," but appointed to govern Cappadocia."
Actors in the Audience. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1994.
"In contrast with the portrayal in Suetonius and Dio, we find a greater
element of theatricality in Tacitus' treatment of such incidents as the
reaction to Nero's murder of Britannicus, to his murder of Agrippina and
to his punishment of Julius Montanus."
The Oxford Illustrated History of Roman Britain. Oxford/New York: Oxford
University Press, 1993. [The book consists of] ..."a series
of chapters progressing chronologically through the history of the island
from the Iron Age to the decline of the fifth century, followed by a lengthy
general section covering such topics as religion and economic life."
Women and Politics in Ancient Rome. London: Routledge, 1992.
"...while Bauman in his introduction notes his use of Livy, Cicero, Appian,
Dio, Plutarch, Suetonius, and, most indispensably, Tacitus, in the text
itself he rarely comments on the questionable reliability of such sources.
Histrionen: Untersuchungen zur sozialen Stellung von Bühnenkünstler
im Westen des Römischen Reiches zur Zeit der Republik und des Principats.
Antiquitas Reihe I Abhandlungen zur Alten Geschichte 41. Bonn: Habelt,
1992. "A revealing passage in Suetonius, Claudius 34.2, missing
here, tells us of the rage of the usually popular and theatre loving Claudius
when the surprise effects or complex machinery failed to work properly.