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Suetonius: The Twelve Caesars: Sources

The practice of giving precise references to source material did not come into common use until the nineteenth century. However, writers in the ancient world were often at pains to stress that they had undertaken research and that their portrait of the past was supported by evidence. Here, Suetonius stresses that "much evidence is extant" not only of how much people hated Tiberius but of the terror it engendered in Tiberius. We are not told in detail what this evidence is, but the examples that follow in the text are presumably examples of it. References to letters going out to Roman provinces and to proceedings in the Senate would almost certainly have been based on the official records of Senatorial business, almost none of which has survived.

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