Though Caesar's Blood reads as fluidly as a novel, it is a work of pure nonfiction, drawing upon the writings of ancient historians including Sallust, Tacitus, Cassius Dio
, Suetonius, and more.
Williams tells the saga of the Caesar family and the triumphs and disasters of its members through the work of ancient historians Sallust, Tacitus, Cassius Dio
, Suetonius, and others.
Icks has attempted to understand the figure of Elagabalus through the biased accounts of the three main primary sources: the histories of Cassius Dio
and Herodian and the biography of Elagabalus included in the Historia Augusta (HA).
Tacitus and Cassius Dio
differ on the cause of her death.
, the Roman historian, wrote of the coins in the second century AD: "Brutus stamped upon the coins which were being minted in his own likeness and a cap and two daggers, indicating by this and by the inscription that he and Cassius had liberated the fatherland.
The ancient writer Cassius Dio
tells the story: "Mithridates had tried to make away with himself, and after first removing his wives and remaining children by poison, he had swallowed all that was left, yet neither by that means nor by the sword was he able to perish by his own hands.
is described directly from the pages of Pliny, Plutarch, Appian, and Cassius Dio
with little by way of analysis.
It was in order to restrain that (ruinous) competition that the early Roman emperors passed legislation limiting the frequency of gladiatorial games and the number of pairs of gladiators that could be shown (see Cassius Dio
Champlin focusses on Tacitus, Cassius Dio
, and Suetonius, being careful to explain their use of their own sources, Pliny the Elder, Fabius Rusticus and Cluvius Rufus.
Every Roman writer who chronicled the fall of the republic--Appian, Tacitus, Cassius Dio
, Sallust, Cicero, and others--marveled at the evaporation of ancient virtue that preceded the loss of liberty.
It is rewarding to see the links between Gibbon and Montesquieu, but what of Gibbon and, say, Cassius Dio
, mentioned only once to record Gibbon's assessment of him as a "slavish historian"?