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The Twelve Caesars by Suetonius
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The Twelve Caesars, or From Bad to Worse, an Italian Story

If US Weekly had been around a thousand years ago.

And the glorious part is that Suetonius didn't intend it as a hatchet job, it just sort of worked out that way.

The formatting is glorious. Each emperor is given a rundown of their accomplishments and then Suetonius goes "yeah but enough with all that, here's some dirt." Like, almost literally in Nero's case. And then a description of their appearance as the very last thing. So it reads "Tiberius inherited the throne, he was a total pedo, he was smothered in his sleep, he was tall and handsome." Which is a weird-ass way to arrange things. Fun though.
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