n Acta Classica : Proceedings of the Classical Association of South Africa - Suetonius on Vespasian's rise to power under the Julio-Claudians

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In writing an account of the early career of Vespasian, an emperor who secured a good posthumous reputation, Suetonius had to deal with material that could present Vespasian in a poor light, e.g. as a sycophant and collaborator with the worst of the Julio-Claudians and as someone entangled in an embarrassing marriage. Suetonius does not whitewash Vespasian, but seems to follow versions which both distance Vespasian from negative aspects of the Julio-Claudians and emphasise the excellence of his actions. The virtues of the young Vespasian are fully in harmony with those of the later


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