Julius Caesar

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Simon and Schuster, May 13, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 405 pages
24 Reviews
More than two thousand years after his death, Julius Caesar remains one of the great figures of history. He shaped Rome for generations, and his name became a synonym for "emperor" -- not only in Rome but as far away as Germany and Russia. He is best known as the general who defeated the Gauls and doubled the size of Rome's territories. But, as Philip Freeman describes in this fascinating new biography, Caesar was also a brilliant orator, an accomplished writer, a skilled politician, and much more.

Julius Caesar was a complex man, both hero and villain. He possessed great courage, ambition, honor, and vanity. Born into a noble family that had long been in decline, he advanced his career cunningly, beginning as a priest and eventually becoming Rome's leading general. He made alliances with his rivals and then discarded them when it suited him. He was a spokesman for the ordinary people of Rome, who rallied around him time and again, but he profited enormously from his conquests and lived opulently. Eventually he was murdered in one of the most famous assassinations in history.

Caesar's contemporaries included some of Rome's most famous figures, from the generals Marius, Sulla, and Pompey to the orator and legislator Cicero as well as the young politicians Mark Antony and Octavius (later Caesar Augustus). Caesar's legendary romance with the Egyptian queen Cleopatra still fascinates us today.

In this splendid biography, Freeman presents Caesar in all his dimensions and contradictions. With remarkable clarity and brevity, Freeman shows how Caesar dominated a newly powerful Rome and shaped its destiny. This book will captivate readers discovering Caesar and ancient Rome for the first time as well as those who have a deep interest in the classical world.

  

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User Review  - David Schwinghammer - Goodreads

According to Philip Freeman's account, Julius Caesar may have been the most misunderstood man in history. He owed his military and political career to the plebians, the lower class Romans with whom he ... Read full review

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User Review  - Pam Doyle - Goodreads

This was a very good book. I had to read it in two pieces as it was quite a heavy read. Once I got back into it, I couldn't put it down. I enjoyed the part where Caesar was fighting in Gaul for 8 ... Read full review

Contents

preface
1
on the banks of the rubicon
7
The Early Years
13
The Path to Power
42
Conspiracy
66
The Belgae
143
Vercingetorix
199
Cleopatra
285
Triumph
328
The Ides of March
343
caesar and cato at valley forge
360
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About the author (2008)

Philip Freeman is Orlando W. Qualley Chair of Classical Languages at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.

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