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Suetonius: The Twelve Caesars: Language

Bear in mind that we are dealing here with a translation of the original. With that caveat, note the use of language to express Suetonius' low opinion of Tiberius. There are repeated references to his fear – "the state of terror in which he lived", "for fear of the miraculous power", "not daring to relax his surveillance". Section 65 has references to Tiberius' use of subterfuge, which suggests his lack of "imperial authority", especially when it leads him to send a "shamefully abject" message to the Senate. Suetonius does not waste much sympathy on Sejanus, however, describing his as Tiberius' "tool".

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