Suetonius (Gaius Suetonius Tranquillus)
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A. Life

Gaius Suetonius Tranquillus (b. c. AD 70) probably originated from the Roman province of Africa and came to Rome to study. He made his name as a writer there with several learned treatises and a collection of short biographies (De viris illustribus, ‘On illustrious men’; = Vir. ill.). Hadrian, probably in AD 117, entrusted him with the management of his entire official correspondence, and thus with one of the highest offices in the Imperial administration (ab epistulis). The Imperial biographies (De vita Ca…

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Pausch, Dennis, “Suetonius (Gaius Suetonius Tranquillus)”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 5 : The Reception of Classical Literature, English edition by Matthijs H. Wibier (2012). Original German-language edition: Die Rezeption der antiken Literatur. Herausgegeben von Christine Walde in Verbindung mit Brigitte Egger. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 1. Staffel, herausgegeben von Hubert Cancik, Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, Band 7. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2010). Consulted online on 19 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: 9789004218932, 20101111

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