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Histoire auguste

Date of creation
  • [4th century]   Gregorian
Preferred title

Histoire auguste   French  

Variant title work
  • Scriptores historiae Augustae   Latin  
Work type Anonymous single work
Biographic work Collective biography
Work manifested Early work
Work genre Textual work

Historia Augusta est le nom que l'on donne couramment depuis le début du XVIIe siècle à un recueil de biographies d'empereurs romains et d'usurpateurs des IIe siècle et IIIe siècle. Composé en latin prétendument au début du IVe siècle par une série d'auteurs inconnus par ailleurs, cet ouvrage s'est révélé être, de l'avis des historiens, le fruit d'un unique rédacteur anonyme de la fin du IVe siècle. Son texte abonde en détails et anecdotes fantaisistes, appuyés sur des sources ou des documents inventés, ce qui en fait une source historique parfois douteuse.


The Historia Augusta (English: Augustan History) is a late Roman collection of biographies, written in Latin, of the Roman emperors, their junior colleagues, designated heirs and usurpers from 117 to 284. Supposedly modeled on the similar work of Suetonius, The Twelve Caesars, it presents itself as a compilation of works by six different authors (collectively known as the Scriptores Historiae Augustae), written during the reigns of Diocletian and Constantine I and addressed to those emperors or other important personages in Ancient Rome. The collection, as extant, comprises thirty biographies, most of which contain the life of a single emperor, but some include a group of two or more, grouped together merely because these emperors were either similar or contemporaneous. By the second decade of the 21st century, the overall consensus supported the position that there was only a single author, who wrote either in the late 4th century or the early 5th century, who was interested in blending contemporary issues (political, religious and social) into the lives of the 3rd century emperors.


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Created at 07-11-2013 by migration (IDEO)

Updated at 13-04-2021 by Mohamed Malchouch (IDEO)