biographical name \swē-ˈtō-nē-əs, ˌsü-ə-ˈtō-\

Definition of SUETONIUS

ca a.d. 69–after 122 Gaius Suetonius Tranquillus Rom. biographer & hist.


biographical name    (Concise Encyclopedia)

(born AD 69, probably Rome—died after 122) Roman biographer and antiquarian. Suetonius's family was of the knightly class. His writings include Concerning Illustrious Men, short biographies of literary figures that were the ultimate source of nearly all that is known about the lives of eminent Roman authors. Lives of the Caesars, his other major work, is seasoned with bits of gossip and scandal related to the first 11 emperors; it is largely responsible for the vivid picture of Roman society and its decadent leaders that dominated historical thought until modified in modern times by the discovery of nonliterary evidence.

Variants of SUETONIUS

Suetonius Latin Gaius Suetonius Tranquillus


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