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The Lives of the Caesars contained in this collection are of great interest to the student of Roman history, since they treat of the period covered by the Annals of Tacitus, by which they are so admirably illustrated and the gaps of which they serve to bridge. The Lives are, too, in special need of elucidation, partly because of their authors disregard of chronological sequence and partly because of their extreme conciseness. The Notes of this edition, therefore, have been made rather full, with a view to confirm, refute, or further illustrate the statements of Suetonius by citations from other authors, especially from Tacitus, Dio Cassius, and the latters abridger, Xiphilin. No commentary on the Lives of this edition has, so far as I am aware, been published in any modern language. The old commentators, and the Baumgarten-C rusius-H ase edition in particular, have been of assistance in preparing the Notes; but of necessity, in an edition of this kind, much of the work has been done independently. The text adopted is that of Roth (1857), with modifications. I wish to express my great indebtedness to Professor Charles E. Bennett and Professor John C. Rolfe for their many valuable suggestions. I also appreciate the assistance given me by my colleague, Dr. John E. Granrud, who read critically the proof of the commentary. JOSEPH B. PIKE. Minneapolis, Minnesota, A pril, 1903.
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