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ISBN13: 9780300120486
ISBN10: 0300120486
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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.

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"The man who virtually defined the West's concept of leadership comes alive in this splendid biography. Military historian Goldsworthy (The Complete Roman Army) gives a comprehensive, vigorous account of Caesar's conquest of Gaul and his victories in the civil war that made him master of Rome. But he doesn't stint on the nonmartial aspects of Caesar's life — his dandyism, his flagrant womanizing (which didn't stop enemies from gay-baiting him), his supple political genius and the flair for drama and showmanship that cowed mutinous legionaries and courted Rome's restive masses. Goldsworthy's is a sympathetic profile. In his telling, Caesar's massacres and group enslavements, though 'utterly ruthless,' are considered and pragmatic, not wanton, and the conqueror seems to possess a moderation and magnanimity that sprang from the same idealized self-image that fed his ambition. The author's vivid portrait of the late Roman Republic that Caesar toppled is correspondingly jaundiced: its politics are about nothing except the personal ambitions of powerful men, and chaos, corruption and violence reign beneath the ritualistic niceties of republican procedure. More compellingly than most biographies, Goldsworthy's exhaustive, lucid, elegantly written life makes its subject the embodiment of his age. 16 pages of b&w photos, maps. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"Once, when writing a school essay on Roman generals, I asked a teacher why we couldn't refer to perhaps the greatest of them as 'the late Julius Caesar.' That's the way people customarily talked about the dead. Why not Caesar? 'Because he is too dead,' came the amused reply. It wasn't only the gap of two millennia since Caesar's death that rendered the word 'late' unnecessary. To call a man of such... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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"Adrian Goldsworthy is one of the new generation of young classicists who combine scholarship with storytelling to bring the ancient world to life. In his masterly new Caesar, he shows us the greatest Roman as man, statesman, soldier, and lover." Simon Sebag Montefiore, author of Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar

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"Goldsworthy includes details of events great and small to expand on the key known facts of Caesar's life." Library Journal

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"Adrian Goldsworthy is one of our most promising young military historians today." Sir John Keegan, author of The Iraq War

Synopsis:

"An authoritative and exciting portrait."—New York Times Book Review

Synopsis:

The first major biography of Julius Caesar in decades, this volume offers an astonishingly intimate and complex view of the life of this singular leader

About the Author

Adrian Goldsworthy read history at Oxford and is the author of The Roman Army at War, The Punic Wars, and other books about the ancient world. He lives in Wales.

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strider_wilderness, January 26, 2011 (view all comments by strider_wilderness)
A thorough well-researched history, free of cheap sensationalism, and just plain interesting reading. Promises to be a definitive work on Caesar. I highly recommended it.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780300120486
Subtitle:
Life of a Colossus
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Author:
Goldsworthy, Adrian
Subject:
History
Subject:
Ancient - Rome
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Generals
Subject:
Heads of state
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Biography-Historical
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20080128
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16 pp. b/w illus.
Pages:
608
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in 1.5 lb

Related Subjects

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History and Social Science » Politics » General
History and Social Science » Western Civilization » Ancient Rome
History and Social Science » World History » Ancient Near East

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Product details 608 pages Yale University Press - English 9780300120486 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The man who virtually defined the West's concept of leadership comes alive in this splendid biography. Military historian Goldsworthy (The Complete Roman Army) gives a comprehensive, vigorous account of Caesar's conquest of Gaul and his victories in the civil war that made him master of Rome. But he doesn't stint on the nonmartial aspects of Caesar's life — his dandyism, his flagrant womanizing (which didn't stop enemies from gay-baiting him), his supple political genius and the flair for drama and showmanship that cowed mutinous legionaries and courted Rome's restive masses. Goldsworthy's is a sympathetic profile. In his telling, Caesar's massacres and group enslavements, though 'utterly ruthless,' are considered and pragmatic, not wanton, and the conqueror seems to possess a moderation and magnanimity that sprang from the same idealized self-image that fed his ambition. The author's vivid portrait of the late Roman Republic that Caesar toppled is correspondingly jaundiced: its politics are about nothing except the personal ambitions of powerful men, and chaos, corruption and violence reign beneath the ritualistic niceties of republican procedure. More compellingly than most biographies, Goldsworthy's exhaustive, lucid, elegantly written life makes its subject the embodiment of his age. 16 pages of b&w photos, maps. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Adrian Goldsworthy is one of the new generation of young classicists who combine scholarship with storytelling to bring the ancient world to life. In his masterly new Caesar, he shows us the greatest Roman as man, statesman, soldier, and lover."
"Review" by , "Goldsworthy includes details of events great and small to expand on the key known facts of Caesar's life."
"Review" by , "Adrian Goldsworthy is one of our most promising young military historians today."
"Synopsis" by ,

"An authoritative and exciting portrait."—New York Times Book Review

"Synopsis" by ,
The first major biography of Julius Caesar in decades, this volume offers an astonishingly intimate and complex view of the life of this singular leader

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