Date de naissance: 70 ap. J.-C.
Date de décès: 126
Autres noms:Gaius Tranquillus Suetonius, Gaius Suetonius Tranquillus
Suétone est un polygraphe et un érudit romain ayant vécu entre le Ier et le IIe siècle. Il est principalement connu pour sa Vie des douze Césars, qui comprend les biographies de Jules César à Domitien.
„Titus complained of the tax which Vespasian had imposed on the contents of the city urinals. Vespasian handed him a coin which had been part of the first day's proceeds: "Does it smell bad?" he asked. And when Titus said "No" he went on: "Yet it comes from urine."“
Ch. 23 Sometimes misquoted as Pecunia non olet, "Money doesn't smell".
„To prevent Incitatus, his favourite horse, from being disturbed he always picketed the neighbourhood with troops on the day before the races, ordering them to enforce absolute silence. Incitatus owned a marble stable, an ivory stall, purple blankets, and a jewelled collar; also a house, a team of slaves, and furniture – to provide suitable entertainment for guests whom Gaius invited in its name. It is said that he even planned to award Incitatus a consulship.“
„Because the Jews at Rome caused continuous disturbances at the instigation of Chrestus, he expelled them from the city.“
Ch. 25 Chrestus may be a mis-spelling of Christus, Christ.
„Some characteristic expressions he used rather frequently in everyday speech can be seen in letters in his own hand, in which he sometimes writes, when he wants to say that certain men will never pay: "they'll pay on the Greek Kalends." And when he wants to encourage his addressee to put up with present circumstances whatever they are, he says: "Let us be satisfied with the Cato we have."“
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