The Lives Of The Twelve Caesars, by Suetonius, Limited Editions Club (1963)

Anyone who doubts Lord Acton‘s dictum that “power tends to corrupt, absolute power corrupts absolutely” must read The Lives Of The Twelve Caesars (De Vita Caesarum), by Gaius Suetonius Tranquillus.  The real lives of these Caesars is more colorful, dastardly and shocking than any of today’s historical dramas that many spend weeks of their lives binge watching. The general depravity that society wallows in with those … Continue reading The Lives Of The Twelve Caesars, by Suetonius, Limited Editions Club (1963)

Argonautica, by Apollonius Rhodius, Limited Editions Club (1957)

Argonautica, the only surviving Hellenistic epic, was written by  Apollonius Rhodius in the 3rd century BC.  It is a re-telling of a far older story about the voyage of Jason and the Argonauts to retrieve the Golden Fleece from Colchis. How old we do not know; but we do know that Odysseus referred to it an old story in Homer’s epic, so the story has certainly been around for thousands of years. As written by Apollonius, the story is … Continue reading Argonautica, by Apollonius Rhodius, Limited Editions Club (1957)