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Gaio Svetonio Tranquillo

Data di nascita: 70 d.C.
Data di morte: 126
Altri nomi: Gaius Tranquillus Suetonius, Gaius Suetonius Tranquillus

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Gaio Svetonio Tranquillo, chiamato talvolta Suetonio , è stato uno scrittore romano dell'età imperiale, fondamentale esponente del genere della biografia. Fu un erudito, vista la grande mole di opere dallo stesso composte negli ambiti più svariati , amante della vita ritirata onde potersi dedicare agli studi che più amò. Fu figura di antiquario, studioso enciclopedico, con grande interesse per le antichità e la cultura romana, accostabile a Marco Terenzio Varrone per le caratteristiche della produzione.

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„Caesar overtook his advanced guard at the river Rubicon, which formed the frontier between Gaul and Italy. Well aware how critical a decision confronted him, he turned to his staff, remarking: "We may still draw back but, once across that little bridge, we shall have to fight it out."“

—  Sueton, libro The Twelve Caesars
The Twelve Caesars, Julius Caesar, Consecutusque cohortis ad Rubiconem flumen, qui provinciae eius finis erat, paulum constitit, ac reputans quantum moliretur, conversus ad proximos: "Etiam nunc," inquit, "regredi possumus; quod si ponticulum transierimus, omnia armis agenda erunt." Ch. 31

„The method of execution he preferred was to inflict numerous small wounds; and his familiar order: "Make him feel that he is dying!" soon became proverbial.“

—  Sueton, libro The Twelve Caesars
The Twelve Caesars, Gaius Caligula, Non temere in quemquam nisi crebris et minutis ictibus animadverti passus est, perpetuo notoque iam praecepto: "Ita feri ut se mori sentiat." Ch. 30

„No one was allowed to leave the theatre during his recitals, however pressing the reason. We read of women in the audience giving birth, and of men being so bored with listening and applauding that they furtively dropped down from the wall at the rear, since the gates were kept barred, or shammed dead and were carried away for burial.“

—  Sueton, libro The Twelve Caesars
The Twelve Caesars, Nero, Cantante eo ne necessaria quidem causa excedere theatro licitum est. Itaque et enixae quaedam in spectaculis dicuntur et multi taedio audendi laudandique clausis oppidorum portis aut furtim desiluisse de muro aut morte simulata funere elati. Ch. 23 Of Nero's public performances in musical competitions.

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„When [his son] Drusus died Tiberius was not greatly concerned, and went back to his usual business almost as soon as the funeral ended, cutting short the period of official mourning; in fact, when a Trojan delegation arrived with condolences somewhat belatedly, Tiberius grinned, having apparently got over his loss, and replied: "May I condole with you, in return, on the death of your eminent fellow-citizen Hector?"“

—  Sueton, libro The Twelve Caesars
The Twelve Caesars, Tiberius, Itaque ne mortuo quidem perinde adfectus est, sed tantum non statim a funere ad negotiorum consuetudinem rediit iustitio longiore inhibito. Quin et Iliensium legatis paulo serius consolantibus, quasi obliterata iam doloris memoria, irridens se quoque respondit vicem eorum dolere, quod egregium civem Hectorem amisissent. Ch. 52

„Some characteristic expressions he used rather frequently in everyday speech can be seen in letters in his own hand, in which he sometimes writes, when he wants to say that certain men will never pay: "they'll pay on the Greek Kalends." And when he wants to encourage his addressee to put up with present circumstances whatever they are, he says: "Let us be satisfied with the Cato we have."“

—  Sueton, libro The Twelve Caesars
The Twelve Caesars, Augustus, Cotidiano sermone quaedam frequentius et notabiliter usurpasse eum, litterae ipsius autographae ostentant, in quibus identidem, cum aliquos numquam soluturos significare vult, "ad Kalendas Graecas soluturos" ait; et cum hortatur ferenda esse praesentia, qualiacumque sint: "contenti simus hoc Catone". Ch. 87

„Titus complained of the tax which Vespasian had imposed on the contents of the city urinals. Vespasian handed him a coin which had been part of the first day's proceeds: "Does it smell bad?" he asked. And when Titus said "No" he went on: "Yet it comes from urine."“

—  Sueton, libro The Twelve Caesars
The Twelve Caesars, Vespasian, Reprehendenti filio Tito, quod etiam urinae vectigal commentus esset, pecuniam ex prima pensione admovit ad nares, sciscitans num odore offenderetur; et illo negante: "Atqui," inquit, "e lotio est." Ch. 23 Sometimes misquoted as Pecunia non olet, "Money doesn't smell".

„One evening at dinner, realizing that he had done nobody any favour throughout the entire day, he spoke these memorable words: "My friends, I have wasted a day."“

—  Sueton, libro The Twelve Caesars
The Twelve Caesars, Titus, Atque etiam recordatus quondam super cenam, quod nihil cuiquam toto die praestitisset, memorabilem illam meritoque laudatam vocem edidit: "Amici, diem perdidi." Ch. 8

„Dead! And so great an artist!“

—  Sueton, libro The Twelve Caesars
The Twelve Caesars, Nero, Qualis artifex pereo! Ch. 49 Suetonius represents this as Nero's exclamation when he had resolved to kill himself, but not as his last words.

„To prevent Incitatus, his favourite horse, from being disturbed he always picketed the neighbourhood with troops on the day before the races, ordering them to enforce absolute silence. Incitatus owned a marble stable, an ivory stall, purple blankets, and a jewelled collar; also a house, a team of slaves, and furniture – to provide suitable entertainment for guests whom Gaius invited in its name. It is said that he even planned to award Incitatus a consulship.“

—  Sueton, libro The Twelve Caesars
The Twelve Caesars, Gaius Caligula, Incitato equo, cuius causa pridie circenses, ne inquietaretur, viciniae silentium per milites indicere solebat, praeter equile marmoreum et praesaepe eburneum praeterque purpurea tegumenta ac monilia e gemmis domum etiam et familiam et supellectilem dedit, quo lautius nomine eius invitati acciperentur; consulatum quoque traditur destinasse. Ch. 55

„Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Etiam egestas wisi a erat. Morbi imperdiet, mauris ac auctor dictum.“

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