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Roman historian and biographer
(c. AD 69 - c. 140)

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Festina lente.
Make haste slowly.
-- Lives of the Caesars, "Augustus"

On the night before his assassination, Caligula dreamed that he was standing beside Jupiter's throne in the heavens. The God kicked him with the big toe of his right foot, and sent him plummeting down to earth.
-- Lives of the Caesars, "Caligula"

Ita feri ut se mori sentiat.
Strike him so that he can feel that he is dying.
-- Quoting the Emperor Caligula (ruled AD 37-41), in: Lives of the Caesars, "Caligula"

Ave, Imperator, morituri te salutant!
Hail, Emperor, those who are about to die salute you.
-- Describing the gladiators saluting the emperor in the arena, in: in: Lives of the Caesars, "Claudius"

Once at supper, reflecting that he had done nothing for any of that day, he broke out into that memorable and just admired saying, 'My friends, I have lost a day!'
-- Referring to the Emperor Titus (ruled AD 79-81), in: Lives of the Caesars, "Titus"

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The selection of the above quotes and the writing of the accompanying notes was performed by the author David Paul Wagner.

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