Julius Caesar: Man, Soldier, and Tyrant
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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CAMPAIGN AGAINST THE HELVETII, 58 B.C. The crisis which brought Caesar
hot-footed to Geneva arose out of the long-standing rivalry between the Aedui
and Arverni for the hegemony of central Gaul. The former who, in 123 B.C., had
awaiting him. With it 'he pressed on through the country of the Aedui into that of
the Lingones - where two legions were wintering - so speedily as to forestall even
the possibility of any design of the Aedui on his own safety.' Upon his arrival at ...
Caesar, then, struck camp and moved into the territory of the Aedui. When he
came to the AUier, he bridged and crossed it. There he was greeted by
Viridomarus and Eporedorix. They told him that Litaviccus with all his horse was
on his way to ...
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Schmerguls - LibraryThing
999 Julius Caesar: Man, Soldier, and Tyrant, by Major-General J. F. C. Fuller (read 23 Feb 1969) After I read this book and Natthias Gelzer's book on Caesar I said: It is amazing to me how little I ... Read full review
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Good review of Caesar. But a lot is just copied from Caesar, not much in the way of insight. Read full review