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The Lives of the Twelve Caesars, Volume 13: Grammarians and Rhetoricians by Gaius Suetonius Tranquillus
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THE LIVES
OF
THE TWELVE CAESARS

By
C. Suetonius Tranquillus;

To which are added,

HIS LIVES OF THE GRAMMARIANS, RHETORICIANS, AND POETS.


The Translation of
Alexander Thomson, M.D.

revised and corrected by
T.Forester, Esq., A.M.




LIVES OF EMINENT GRAMMARIANS

(506)

I. The science of grammar [842] was in ancient times far from being in
vogue at Rome; indeed, it was of little use in a rude state of society,
when the people were engaged in constant wars, and had not much time to
bestow on the cultivation of the liberal arts [843]. At the outset, its
pretensions were very slender, for the earliest men of learning, who were