Caesar: Life of a Colossus
As Adrian Goldsworthy writes in the introduction to this book, in his fifty-six years, Caesar was at times many things, including a fugitive, prisoner, rising politician, army leader, legal advocate, rebel, dictator . . . as well as husband, father, lover and adulterer.” In this landmark... show more
As Adrian Goldsworthy writes in the introduction to this book, in his fifty-six years, Caesar was at times many things, including a fugitive, prisoner, rising politician, army leader, legal advocate, rebel, dictator . . . as well as husband, father, lover and adulterer.” In this landmark biography, Goldsworthy examines all of these roles and places his subject firmly within the context of Roman society in the first century B.C.Tracing the extraordinary trajectory of Caesar’s life from birth through assassination, Goldsworthy covers not only Caesar’s accomplishments as charismatic orator, conquering general, and powerful dictator but also lesser-known chapters during which he was high priest of an exotic cult, captive of pirates, seducer not only of Cleopatra but also of the wives of his two main political rivals, and rebel condemned by his own country. Ultimately, Goldsworthy realizes the full complexity of Caesar’s character and shows why his political and military leadership continues to resonate some two thousand years later.
Publish date: January 28th 2008
Publisher: Yale University Press
Pages no: 608
Edition language: English
, Non Fiction
, Biography Memoir
, European History
, World History
This is not an easy book to write, the biography of Caesar. The man who died at the hands of many but whose life has been revived repeatedly by numerous pens and brushes. From Plutarch, to Suetonius, to Shakespeare, to Gérôme, to the Hollywood or TV studios, to the Asterix cartoons…, we have a wh...
mp3 - showroom read; unabridged; 27.5 hoursThis is a scholarly rendition and as such, is coming over rather dry. Thoroughly researched and the politics of the time excellently delivered but still not sure that I will wade through every word.ETA - This would be brilliant for university students but n...