Julius Caesar: Young Statesman

Overview

Julius Caesar was born in Rome in the year 100 b.c. to a well-known family that supposedly traced its ancestry to the Greek goddess Venus. Although Caesar grew up to be one of the world's most famous military and political leaders, he was raised in the Subura, a lower-class neighborhood of Rome.

As a young man, Caesar was known for both his bravery in battle and his ability to speak at the Roman Forum. When Caesar left Rome to join the military service in Asia, he was awarded ...

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Overview

Julius Caesar was born in Rome in the year 100 b.c. to a well-known family that supposedly traced its ancestry to the Greek goddess Venus. Although Caesar grew up to be one of the world's most famous military and political leaders, he was raised in the Subura, a lower-class neighborhood of Rome.

As a young man, Caesar was known for both his bravery in battle and his ability to speak at the Roman Forum. When Caesar left Rome to join the military service in Asia, he was awarded the corona civica — an oak crown — the highest honor given to a noncommander. At the Forum, Caesar's oratory skills and his enthusiasm for prosecuting corrupt generals furthered his reputation.

Read about the boy from Rome who transformed the Roman republic into a Mediterranean empire.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Cara Mulcahy
The "Childhood of World Figures" series presents a book documenting the life and times of Julius Caesar. In this account the author, Beatrice Gormley, enriches historical facts with "fictionalized details" in order to portray how the events in Julius Caesars' life may have unfolded. In so doing she brings the reader inside the personal life of this historical figure. The reader is first introduced to Caesar as a young boy playing with his cousins. As a young child he is portrayed as being sensitive to the needs of his family, interested in learning, and curious about the ways of government. It also becomes clear that from an early age Caesar wanted to make his mark on the world. Alexander the Great was a hero of his and he strived to be like him. The chronological sequence of events and the narrative writing style make this book enjoyable to read and easy to follow. Included in the details are the various governmental positions his father and his other relatives held; Caesar's own rise to power, including his marriages; the official positions he held; the wars he lead; and the alliances and treaties he made. By the time the reader learns about the way in which Caesar was murdered, one understands the complexities involved and the events that may have lead to such a violent end. It is clear that Caesar accomplished many things in his lifetime and definitely earned a memorable place for himself in the history of our world.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416912811
  • Publisher: Aladdin
  • Publication date: 5/23/2006
  • Series: Childhood of World Figures Series
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,451,131
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Beatrice Gormley has written a number of books for young readers, including several titles in the History’s All-Stars series, as well as biographies of Barack Obama, George W. Bush, and Laura Bush. She lives in Westport, Massachusetts.

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