The Lives Of The First Twelve Cæsars, Translated From The Latin Of C. Suetonius Tranquillus: With Annotations, And A Review Of The Government And Literature Of The Different Periods. By Alexander Thomson, M.D.


RA Collection: Book

Record number



Uniform Title

[De Vita Caesarum., English., Thomson., 1796.]


London;: Printed For G. G. And J. Robinson, Petrnoster-Row., M.DCC.XCVI.

Physical Description

viii, 622 p.; 214 mm. (Octavo.)

General Note

Some copies are catalogued as containing portraits, but none is present in the Royal Academy's copy.


[T.p.] - Preface - Index To the History and Review - Index To Writers and some other Persons, particularly mentioned in the Review - [Text].


ESTC, T145611

Summary Note

Suetonius's De Vita Caesarum was probably written in the early 2nd century. It consists of anecdotal biographies of Julius Caesar (d. 44 B.C.), Octavius Augustus, Tiberius, Caius Caligula, Claudius, Nero, Galba, Otho, Vitellius, Vespasian, Titus and Domitian (d. 96). Here the translation of each biography is followed by a short historical essay.


An electronic reproduction was published in 2003 (Farmington Hills, Mich.: Thomson Gale). A microfilm copy was published in 1986 (Woodbridge CT: Research Publications).


27 July 1813: 'Mr Smirke moved that the following work(s) be purchased for the Library - ...Suetonius in English ... Which was seconded by Mr. Wilkie, & passed Unanimously.' (RA Council Minutes V, 68-9). Acquired by 1821 (see A Catalogue of the Library in the Royal Academy, London, 1821, p. 29).

Binding Note

18th-century half calf, marbled-papered boards; rebacked in 20th century, spine lettered 'Thomson's Suetonius'.


Rulers - Monarchs - Emperors - Celebrities - Italy - Rome - History - 1st century B.C. - 1st century
Biography - Latin literature - 2nd century
Translations from Latin - Translations into English - Great Britain - 18th century