n Acta Classica : Proceedings of the Classical Association of South Africa - Did Suetonius write in Greek?
|Article Title||Did Suetonius write in Greek?|
|© Publisher:||Classical Association of South Africa (CASA)|
|Journal||Acta Classica : Proceedings of the Classical Association of South Africa|
|Publication Date||Jan 1993|
|Pages||91 - 103|
It is all axiom of modern Suetonian scholarship that C. Suetonius Tranquillus wrote works in both Latin and Greek, but how safe a conclusion is this to be drawn from the meagre extant fragments of the works supposedly written in Greek? I shall argue that the evidence of the ancient authors who refer to Suetonius' works which are extant in fragmentary form only permits the conclusion that one work, on Greek insults, was probably written in Greek. Furthermore, given that the work appears to have been little more than a patchwork of quotations from earlier authors with at most brief connecting passages, Suetonius probably did not use Greek extensively.
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