Caesar: Life of a Colossus / Edition 1

Caesar: Life of a Colossus / Edition 1

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by Adrian Goldsworthy
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0300120486

ISBN-13: 9780300120486

Pub. Date: 09/18/2006

Publisher: Yale University Press

Tracing the extraordinary trajectory of the great Roman emperor’s life, Goldsworthy covers not only the great Roman emperor’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

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Tracing the extraordinary trajectory of the great Roman emperor’s life, Goldsworthy covers not only the great Roman emperor’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.

In the introduction to his biography of the great Roman emperor, Adrian Goldsworthy writes, “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 Caesar as military leader, all of these roles and places his subject firmly within the context of Roman society in the first century B.C.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300120486
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
09/18/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
608
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.63(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements     vii
Map list     viii
Introduction     1
The Rise to the Consulship, 100-59 BC
Caesar's World     10
Caesar's childhood     30
The First Dictator     48
The Young Caesar     61
Candidate     82
Conspiracy     109
Scandal     130
Consul     152
Proconsul, 58-50 BC
Gaul     184
Migrants and Mercenaries: The first campaigns, 58 BC     205
'The Bravest of the Gaulish Peoples': The Belgae, 57 BC     233
Politics and War: The Conference of Luca     253
'Over the Waters': The British and German Expeditions, 55-54 BC     269
Rebellion, Disaster and Vengeance     293
The Man and the Hour: Vercingetorix and the Great Revolt, 52 BC     315
'All Gaul is Conquered'     343
Civil War and Dictatorship, 49-44 BC
The Road to the Rubicon     358
Blitzkrieg: Italy and Spain, Winter-Autumn, 49 BC     380
Macedonia, November 49-August 48 BC     405
Cleopatra, Egypt and the East, Autumn 48-Summer 47 BC     432
Africa, September 47-June 46 BC     448
Dictator, 46-44 BC     468
The Ides ofMarch     490
Epilogue     512
Chronology     520
Glossary     524
Bibliography     529
Abbreviations     534
Notes     535
Index     565

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Caesar 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Caeser by Adrian Goldworthy is one of the best biographies I have ever read. This book exemplifies why people still write about Julius Caeser. Goldworthy gives an immense amount of detail and information while attempting to stay neutral to the man he is writing about. He also presents both sides of the arguement of who Caeser was and why allowing the reader to make and informed decision not forcing his view on the reader. This book is definitly worth reading for anyone who has an interest in Roman history or Caeser himself although I would not suggest this book to the casual reader. Overall definitly a good book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This definitive biography on Caesar's life covers all of facets of the brilliant general's life -- childhood, personal and political relationships, political career, and a primary focus on his military record. If you enjoy reading a variety of Roman works and want to know accurate, documented, historical facts about Caesar, this book will be a rewarding read. The book helped me separate fact from fable on issues like Caesar's relationship with Cleopatra, Mark Antony, and his military exploits. The author reveals the great man's achievements and reveals the uglier side of his personality and actions. An excellent history book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a very good biography on Caesar. I recommend it If you are into Romans and into the things that happened in the BC era. There was parts that were hard to understand and read but for the most part this book was worth the money and worth the time to read.
glauver More than 1 year ago
Goldsworthy is the successor to Michael Grant, who wrote extensively about the ancient world. He does not have anything new to say about Caesar, but he writes clearly and fairly and gives the background for the events of the period. I look forward to reading his new book about the fall of the Empire.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ceasar was just a man with weakness, and desires of a normal man. But he was a a brillant general, stateman that every ruled the Roman World. No one has come close to matching his accomplishment.As in any great man there will who are those who dispise him out of jeously, or competitionso cesar life on the Ides of March 44 BC is murered.
josefuentes More than 1 year ago
I found this book most invigorating and insightful biography of a man that has been misunderstood throughout the ages.
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This is an enthralling read. Goldsworthy succeeds in providing the history in great detail without becoming a bore. The multitude of characters becomes difficult to follow, but Goldsworthy gives helpful reminders along the way. If I have any complaint, it is that Goldsworthy is a Caesar apologist. He spends a lot of time trying to convince the reader that he is not a Caesar apologist, but very little ends up being Caesar's fault--he even at one point calls the senators' hatred of him "irrational." The author's bias does not ultimately detract from the quality of the work, though.
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I literally only read the introduction (on my new nook that my sweet Aeyron got me for christmas! ^_^) and I'm already hooked. This book is going to be amazing!
CrazyLegs More than 1 year ago
Goldsworthy meticulously pieces together Caesaer's life starting with his ancestors, then working his way through Caesar's youth, climb thru Rome's politcal scene, his military conquests, and ill-fated dictatorship. His detailed research debunks some myths and answers many questions concerning the life of one of the world histories most important figures.
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mark82 More than 1 year ago
This was a wonderful history of not only the man but the time in which he lived. Goldworthy does a great job of discribing the politics of the time and the society. He is careful to never use twenty first centry bias when describing events. He is very good at pointing out how events would have been viewed by Caesar's piers. He uses great detail that can be a bit overwelming if your not a fan of history, but even if your not I think you will like this book.
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