Over this blog, it has been my task to discern the value of three particular verses with Suetonius’ The Twelve Caesars. I have assessed the objectivity of the extract, the motives and influences which may have affected what Suetonius wrote and how he wrote, and I have also looked at what we can learn about Ancient Rome from this extract.
In the first section, I used secondary sources to judge whether Suetonius was being objective in the extract, and from looking at his style of writing at other parts of The Twelve Caesars I believe I can say quite confidently that Suetonius is an objective historian.
In the second section, I looked at Suetonius’ place in the class system, and his position as private secretary to the Emperor Hadrian, to see if there was anything which may have influenced his writings. Ultimately I came to the conclusion that Suetonius did not seem to show a bias to his own class, though one motive may have been to appeal to the general Roman populace with scandal and intrigue.
Finally, I assessed the value of the extract. I came to the conclusion that the value does not necessarily lie in the extracts information on Caesar, but how it was written. The style seems to appeal to a population that demands gossip, in that sense they are not so different to modern populations.
In Conclusion, I can say that The Twelve Caesars gives us an insight into the pleb, the regular people in the city, how they enjoyed to hear gossip about the establishment, and the more scandalous the better.
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