n Acta Classica : Proceedings of the Classical Association of South Africa - Suetonius: Life of Augustus. Translation with Introduction and Historical Commentary, D. Wardle : reviews

Volume 58, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0065-1141
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Suetonius' is not only the longest of the lives of the Caesars, but also the most important for the details preserved in the biography. Wardle has done it full justice with a 40-page introduction and nearly 500 pages of small print commentary that detail parallel accounts in the likes of Velleius, Tacitus, Appian and Dio, and elucidate historical and archaeological details. The Bibliography occupies 25 pages, the Index 10 more. Suffice it to say that this is a work of reference that is likely to be the first port of call on the subject for many years to come.

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