n Acta Classica : Proceedings of the Classical Association of South Africa - Suetonius and Vespasian's humour

Volume 53, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0065-1141
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Suetonius, in his of Vespasian, gives considerable prominence to Vespasian's wit and humour as a part of that emperor's character and method of dealing with people. The picture that emerges is of an educated man, well versed in the Greek language and literature and capable of witty improvisation in that language. At the same time, his penchant for clever but coarse jokes and his use of down-to-earth humour in his 'unseemly' money-making activities are indicative of his nonaristocratic, bourgeois origins. His idealised Republican prototype and model might well be the Elder Cato.

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