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SUETONIUS (Gaius Suetonius Tranquillus) was born, c.AD70, into a family of equestrian status (knights), probably at Hippo Regius in North Africa. He held various public offices, under Trajan (98–117), probably, and Hadrian (117–138), certainly. Most of Suetonius' literary output has been lost, but his biographies of ‘the Twelve Caesars’ – begining with Julius Caesar and ending with Domitian (d.96) – have survived virtually intact (just an account of Julius Caesar's youth is missing). Suetonius dedicated the work to Gaius Septicius Clarus, who became Praetorian Prefect in 119. Both men are said (‘Historia Augusta’ Hadrian Chapter 11) to have been dismissed from their posts in 122, for being disrespectful to Hadrian's wife, Sabina. Suetonius probably died after the year 130.