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Like his correspondent Pliny the Younger (Ep. 1.18; 5.10 etc.) and their friend Cornelius Tacitus (Plin. Y. Ep. 6.16; 6.20), Gaius Suetonius Tranquillus was born in the second half of the 1st century CE – somewhat later than the other two, since he describes himself as a young man 20 years after Nero’s death in 69 CE. If we can credit the statement in the Historia Augusta that he was a secretary to Hadrian until he was di…

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Edwards, Mark, “Suetonius”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 10 June 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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