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Suetonius begins the final book of his De vita Caesarum, in which were covered the lives of Vespasian, Titus and Domitian, with a ringing endorsement of the Flavian dynasty: the principates of Galba, Otho and Vitellius are characterised baldly with the very first word of the Book as rebellio, a negative assessment which is underlined by caedes.
Multa utrimque volnera, multa passim caedes est; iam ne duces quidem Romani incruenti pugnant.