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One wonders whether a sovereign's capricious imprisonment of wealthy relatives for the purpose of extortion on trumped up corruption charges

I recently dug out my DVDs of "I Claudius". While the Graves books are regarded as fiction, his source material was the writings of Suetonius, so there is probably a kernel of truth to the purges under Tiberius and Caligula. What the Saudis are up to is nothing in comparison.

Gaius Suetonius Tranquillus (Classical Latin: ['ga:jj?s s?.e:'to:ni.?s tra?'k??ll?s]),[citation needed] commonly known as Suetonius (/sw?'to?ni?s/; c. 69 – after 122 AD),[1] was a Roman historian belonging to the equestrian order who wrote during the early Imperial era of the Roman Empire.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suetonius

Great fun watching the series again, and seeing several familiar actors in early roles.

Steve
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