A Brief History
This article contains a table of textual and video biographies of various Roman emperors and usurpers covered in De vita Caesarum (English: About the Life of the Caesars), commonly known as The Twelve Caesars, as well as notable works inspired by this ancient text, including the Historia Augusta (English: Augustan History) and Vita Karoli Magni (English: Life of Charlemagne).
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For more information, please read the following books in the order listed below:
Suetonius. The Twelve Caesars. Penguin Classics, 2007.
Lives of the Later Caesars: The First Part of the Augustan History, with Newly Compiled Lives of Nerva & Trajan. Trans. by Anthony Birley. Penguin Classics, 1976.
Einhard and Notker the Stammerer. Two Lives of Charlemagne. Ed. and trans. by David Ganz. Penguin Classics, 2008.
The featured image in this article, a collage by Shakko of Roman emperors on coins using PD-photos of coins from Wikimedia Commons, is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.
You can also watch a playlist of the video biographies of the emperors in chronological order below: