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Divvs Clavdivs [Paperback]

Suetonius , Donna W. Hurley
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15 Mar 2001
The first-century emperor Claudius did not leave the fledgling Roman Empire as he had found it: his contribution was to turn its developing institutions into an imperial tradition. But the ancient sources represent him as an odd personality - active but manipulated by his inferiors, at once distracted and awkward and cruel. Suetonius' biography is a rich offering of both solid fact and the prejudicial anecdotes that his contemporaries and the generation that followed thought worth repeating, raw material for exploring the man and his reign. This commentary provides context for the text's abundant information, but form is not neglected, and attention is given to Suetonius' intelligent and conscious marshalling of his material, and guidance offered to students reading the biographer's often densely compressed style. This is the first English commentary on the Claudius Life to deal with both historical and stylistic issues.

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  • Paperback: 284 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (15 Mar 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521596769
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521596763
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 13 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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'Hurley brings us the first English commentary on Suetonius' Life of Claudius to deal with both historical and stylistic issues … Hurley's commentary situates the Life of Claudius squarely at the centre of our attention and enriches our understanding of the Principate, the author, and the emperor.' Journal of Roman Studies

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This volume presents the Latin text, with introduction and commentary, of the biography of the emperor Claudius by the Roman writer Suetonius. The commentary provides context for the information given in the text and also explains the author's method of composition and provides help with difficult grammatical points.

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Since the patricia gens Claudia had proudly led off the Life of Tiberius (Tib. I.I), Suetonius (S.) concentrates here on only one member of the gens, 'Drusus the Elder ' (38 to 9 BC), father of Claudius (C.) and younger brother of the emperor Tiberius. Read the first page
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3.0 out of 5 stars Content unimpeachable, binding poor 13 Jan 2008
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This is an excellent study text, with full commentary on historical, stylistic and grammatical matters. For any student, though, it has two serious drawbacks:

(1) The commentary is at the back of the book after the text, when it would be more conveniently placed on facing pages (i.e. like the Bristol Classical Press edition of Ovid's Amores I which I now have in front of me)

(2) The paperback binding is so stiff that it's actually hard even to hold the book open, let alone lie it down open on your desk so you can write. Surely any such book intended for a student to make a translation from must be able to lie open? I have to resort to weighing it down with other heavier books, which is incredibly inconvenient as I continually also have to flick forwards and backwards from the text to notes and vice versa.

As a result of problem (2) the binding has torn and several pages have now come unstuck and fallen out. Very poor for a reference book -- and a expensive one as well.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Reason for celebration 23 April 2002
By Asher Shaham - Published on Amazon.com
A new commentar on anceint Latin source is always a reason for celebration among the lovers of Roman history and culture.
This book of Donna W. Hurley is by far much more than the usual textual comments for students of Latin language. It is a comprehensive review of almost all what is worth knowing about Claudius and about the biograpy written by Suetonius, all this in addition to the very educating learned comments and explanations on the text per-se.
The writer shows great mastery of the relevant research findings, both about the emperor Claudius and Suetonius himself.
The only shortcoming of the book is that it is not a book for the casual educated reader which may find it difficult to encompass. This book shall serve best those who are well acquainted with the history of Rome and the Latin language. Such readers will have endless hours of great pleasure.
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