Suetonius walks us through, the personal lives of twelve Roman Emperors. The history Suetonius describes, is not a listing of accomplishments and historical feats. This is a history of the Caesars day to day peronal experiences.
In fact, this is normally the type of information I avoid. Our modern society, provides us with a constant overload of celebrity gossip and scandals. In most cases, I could care less. Yet Suetonius manages to; almost bring people from two thousands years ago, back to life. We sometimes forget, that these historical figures; walked, talked, and had the same human follies, that we have. This is the attraction of the book, realizing just human these people really were.
The chapters on Nero and Caligula, can at times be difficult to get digest. We have all heard, at least a few stories regarding their sick behaviour. Well Suetonius provides, a rather long list of inhuman murders and debauchery. The lessons regarding absolute power, become obvious to the reader. Suetonius also outlines, all the silly superstitions that the Romans observed and practiced. The modern reader will have a few chuckles, at all the good and bad omens listed throughout the book.
I believe most readers, will enjoy reading this book.