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Coins of the 12 Caesars

From Julius Caesar Through Emperor Domitian


When I see the words 12 Caesars, which is the title of the biographies by Suetonius, I have to remember it means Julius Caesar plus 11.

Caesar became a title emperors held. This title turned into the more modern terms 'Czar', 'Tsar', and 'Kaiser'.

Suetonius was trained at Rome to be an orator when Domitian (last of the 12) was Roman Emperor. He wrote 8 books of biographies of the first 12 Caesars of Rome, the first of which is Julius Caesar. After Julius, a dictator perpetuus (customarily, dictator for life), but neither king nor emperor, the Republic gave way to Empire and the 11 other biographies are of Roman emperors.

Suetonius chronicles Julius Caesar and the 5 Julio-Claudians in Books 1-6, Galba, Otho, and Vitellius in the 7th book, and the Flavian emperors in the 8th book.

The 12 Caesars refers to a century's worth of leaders of ancient Rome. Here you will learn more about the final leader of the Republic and the first 11 men to come after him.

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