Julius Caesar: Man, Soldier, and Tyrant

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Da Capo Press, 1965 - Biography & Autobiography - 336 pages
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Since the Renaissance, Julius Caesar has been idolized as a superman. Classical sources, however, present a far less exalted being. As General Fuller writes, Caesar was "an unscrupulous demagogue whose one aim was power, and a general who could not only win brilliant victories but also commit dismal blunders.... It is reasonable to suspect that, at times, Caesar was not responsible for his actions, and toward the end of his life, not altogether sane." There is not doubt that Caesar was an extraordinary man. But Fuller points out that he was extraordinary for his reckless ambition, matchless daring, and ruthless tyranny, rather than for his skills as a military comander. Caesar continually had to extricate himself from results of mistakes of judgement. His unnecessary Alexandrian War, his close call at Thapsus, and his seemingly unpremeditated Gallic conquest are just a few of Fuller's many examples.And in telling Caesar's history, Fuller illuminates a century of Roman history as well. Aided by maps of Caesar's principal battles and diagrams of many of his weapons, Fuller brings to life Caesar's wars, his armies, his equipment, and his methods. Brilliant in design and impressive in scope, Julius Caesar clarifies how the military, political, and economic aspects of the Roman Republic worked together to produce a man whose name has come down to us as a synonym for absolute authority.
  

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User Review  - Tyler - Goodreads

Took me awhile to get into, but I found the writing style very clear and military analysis useful and helpful. I learned a lot about the Roman military and of course about Caesar and his life and campaigns in detail. Not the most thrilling read, but it was helpful for my research. Read full review

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when i first found out we were going to be reading Julius Caesar , i was excited because I thought it was something like Romeo & Juliet and i always wanted to read Romeo and Juliet. When we began to ... Read full review

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Contents

The Background
16
The Rise of Pompey
38
The Rise of Julius Caesar
50
The Roman Army
75
The Pacification of Gaul
98
Suppression of the Gallic Revolt
128
Prelude to the Civil War
167
The Civil War in Italy
181
The Civil War in Greece
208
The Alexandrian and Pontic Wars
241
The Civil War in Africa
262
The End of the Civil War
284
As Statesman and General
309
Postscript
326
Index
330
Copyright

The Civil War in Spain
194

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Page 12 - Why, man, he doth bestride the narrow world, Like a Colossus ; and we petty men Walk under his huge legs, and peep about To find ourselves dishonourable graves.
Page ii - So very difficult a matter is it to trace and find out the truth of any thing by history, when, on the one hand, those who afterwards write it find long periods of time intercepting their view and, on the other hand, the contemporary records of any actions and lives, partly through envy and ill-will, partly through favor and flattery, pervert and distort truth.

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About the author (1965)

Major General J.F.C. Fuller (1878-1966) was one of the most important and original military thinkers of this century. He served as lieutenant in the Boer War, organized the first British tank corps in World War I, and developed the strategy and tactics of tank warfare which were later put to such effective use by the Nazis for their World War II blitzkriegs. His many books include A Military History of the Western World (3 volumes), The Generalship of Ulysses S. Grant, Julius Caesar: Man, Soldier, and Tyrant, and The Generalship of Alexander the Great, all of which are available from Da Capo Press/Perseus Book Group.

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