Augustus In Suetonius The Lives Of The Twelve Caesar

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Correspondingly, a third source that similarly discredits the conventional awareness of Augustus is The Lives of the Twelve Caesars provided by Suetonius as it portrays Augustus as being, to a certain extent, paranoid, manipulative, strategic and immoral. This is mostly unequivocal when Suetonius reinterprets an encounter between Augustus and a Roman Knight as he incurred detestation through many acts. However, Suetonius pays unmistakable consecration to this incident as when, “…a Roman knight was taking notes, he ordered that he be stabbed on the spot, thinking him an eavesdropper and a spy. Augustus, suspecting that he had a sword concealed there, did not dare to make a search on the spot for fear it should turn out to be something else and though he made no confession, ordered his execution, first tearing out the man's eyes with his own hand. ” This piece of material of him murdering a Roman knight, due to alleged eavesdropping, is a primary case in point of how…show more content…
This corresponding perception can be acknowledged as according to Suetonius, Augustus “…could neither satisfy the veterans nor the landowners, since… they were not being treated as their services had led them to hope.” This same issue was also further addressed and revealed throughout Tacitus’s works as he exclaimed that in order to keep the veterans and landowners quiet, to consequently maintain his impeccable appearance, “Augustus won over the soldiers with gifts, the populace with cheap corn.” On the other hand, although Tacitus and Suetonius’s viewpoint could be perceived as bribery or enticement another individual, such as that in favour of Augustus, could of seen it as generous and substantial, in hand showing a pure demonstration of how alternate perspectives may be predisposed by the early judgment of an individual such as

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