Zitate von Sueton
Geburtstag: 70 n.Chr.
Andere Namen:Gaius Tranquillus Suetonius,Gaius Suetonius Tranquillus
Gaius Suetonius Tranquillus war ein römischer Schriftsteller und Verwaltungsbeamter. Suetons bedeutendstes Werk sind die Kaiserviten , in denen er das Leben Caesars und der römischen Kaiser von Augustus bis Domitian schildert. Für die modernen Historiker liefert er mit seinen Schriften eine wertvolle Informationsquelle über das Leben römischer Gelehrter sowie der ersten römischen Kaiser.
„The courtiers tried every trick to lure or force him into making complaints against Tiberius; always, however, without success. He not only failed to show any interest in the murder of his relatives, but affected an amazing indifference to his own ill-treatment, behaving so obsequiously to his adoptive grandfather and to the entire household, that someone said of him, very neatly: "Never was there a better slave, or a worse master!"“
On one occasion the people cheered the team he opposed; he cried angrily: "I wish all you Romans had only one neck!" Ch. 30
„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?"“
„Suetonius, in holding up a mirror to those Caesars of diverting legend, reflects not only them but ourselves: half-tamed creatures, whose great moral task is to hold in balance the angel and the monster within – for we are both, and to ignore this duality is to invite disaster.“
Gore Vidal, On Our Own Now (London, 1976), p. 72.
„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.“
Ch. 23 Of Nero's public performances in musical competitions.