La décadence dans les "Vies des douze Césars" de Suétone :

Abstract : Why should decadence be studied in Suetonius' Vitae Caesarum since this notion usually characterizes a latest period in Roman History ? In order to understand this period beginning with Julius Caesar and endind with Domitianius, Suetoniu's work seems to be a landmark in the history period in which a feeling of decline is perceived. Our method starts with the study of the emperors' personalities : it contains semantic analyses relying on comparaisons between various latin and greek authors. Furthermore, the study of decline theoreticians will enrich our thinking. The first part is focused on the daily lives of the Caesars in the palace. The second one ensues from it : this life reveals that an unlimited power creates behavioural troubles. But the emperors are presented by a writer, that implies a third esthetic part : because the way we perceive the Caesars relies on a stylistic work displaying the characteristics of a narration ending with a moral. Consequently how do we end up perceiving the Caesars ?
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Sabrina Jacquel. La décadence dans les "Vies des douze Césars" de Suétone :. Littératures. Université Nancy 2, 2003. Français. ⟨NNT : 2003NAN21005⟩. ⟨tel-01776271⟩

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