Tranquillus Gaius Suetonius citáty
Tranquillus Gaius Suetonius
Datum narození: 70 n. l.
Datum úmrtí: 126
Další jména:Gaius Tranquillus Suetonius, Gaius Suetonius Tranquillus
Gaius Suetonius Tranquillus byl římský polyhistor.
Působil jako obhájce a učitel gramatiky. V letech 119 – 121 byl císařským tajemníkem, ale pro příliš blízký vztah s císařovnou upadl v nemilost a musel se vzdálit od dvora.
Citáty Tranquillus Gaius Suetonius
„No one was allowed to leave the theatre during his recitals, however pressing the reason. We read of women in the audience giving birth, and of men being so bored with listening and applauding that they furtively dropped down from the wall at the rear, since the gates were kept barred, or shammed dead and were carried away for burial.“
Ch. 23 Of Nero's public performances in musical competitions.
„His wastefulness showed most of all in the architectural projects. He built a palace, stretching from the Palatine to the Esquiline, which he called…"The Golden House". The following details will give some notion of its size and magnificence. The entrance-hall was large enough to contain a huge statue of himself, 120 feet high…Parts of the house were overlaid with gold and studded with precious stones and mother-of pearl. All the dining-rooms had ceilings of fretted ivory, the panels of which could slide back and let a rain of flowers, or of perfume from hidden sprinklers, shower upon his guests. The main dining-room was circular, and its roof revolved, day and night, in time with the sky. Sea water, or sulphur water, was always on tap in the baths. When the palace had been decorated throughout in this lavish style, Nero dedicated it, and condescended to remark: "Good, now I can at last begin to live like a human being!"“
„To prevent Incitatus, his favourite horse, from being disturbed he always picketed the neighbourhood with troops on the day before the races, ordering them to enforce absolute silence. Incitatus owned a marble stable, an ivory stall, purple blankets, and a jewelled collar; also a house, a team of slaves, and furniture – to provide suitable entertainment for guests whom Gaius invited in its name. It is said that he even planned to award Incitatus a consulship.“