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Portraying the 'American Caesars'

More than two thousand years ago Suetonius wrote a profile of Rome's 12 great emperors. It was called the Twelve Caesars and it was a huge success. The historian Nigel Hamilton has written a book on the US presidents called American Caesars. Mr Hamilton and Cambridge classicist Prof Mary Beard reflect on the "imperial presidency".

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