Caesar: Politician and Statesman

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Harvard University Press, 1968 - Biography & Autobiography - 359 pages
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In 1912 a young scholar published a slim volume investigating the social structure of the late Roman Republic, which was in due course to transform the study of Roman history. The author, Professor Gelzer, went on to hold the Chair of Ancient History at Frankfurt and to become the greatest German-speaking historian of the Roman Republic since Mommsen. In 1921 he published his Caesar, which has by now gone through six editions in Germany and is still the standard account, in any language, of Caesar and his age. It amply fulfills the author's intent "to give the educated public a lively picture of the complete political career of one of the great statesmen of the past."

Based on a conscientious evaluation of the abundant source materials‚e"primarily the writings of Caesar and his contemporaries‚e"Professor Gelzer's portrait renders Caesar in heroic proportions, destined and determined from the beginning to overthrow a corrupt aristocracy. The sixth edition (1960), brought up to date and provided with full annotations by the author, is the basis of this translation, which for the first time makes the work available in English.

With Professor Gelzer's approval, some minor errors have been corrected, both in the text and in the chronological table and the map at the end of the book, and an analytical index of names has been added.

  

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User Review  - Bonnie_blu - Goodreads

This book is rightfully considered essential in any study of Caesar. Gelzer was ahead of his time in his analysis of Caesar's life as a politician and statesman since he approached his subject from a ... Read full review

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User Review  - Robyn - Goodreads

The first "classic" modern biography of Caesar, Gelzer takes the old party line that Caesar was both a military genius and political maverick, a new type of Roman who was able to remove himself from ... Read full review

Contents

THE POLITICAL WORLD i
21
EARLY POLITICAL CAREER
27
THE CONSULSHIP
71
THE PROCONSULSHIP
102
THE CIVIL WAR
195
VICTORY AND CATASTROPHE
272
GENEALOGICAL TABLE
334
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