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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As he neared the town, the bulk of Lentulus' troops also deserted, and when with
the remainder he was on the road to Corfinium, he was met by Vibullius Rufus,
who had been sent by Pompey into Picenum to inquire into the loyalty of its ...
5 On February 15, when Caesar was encamping at Corfinium, news was brought
to him that the inhabitants of Sulmo (Sulmona), seven miles distant, were eager
to surrender to him, but were prevented by Domitius' garrison of seven cohorts.
... 207-10 Caesar's withdrawal to Thessaly, 227-31 Dyrrachium, advance on, 210
-17 Dyrrachium, blockade of, 218-27 Pharsalus, battle of, 231-9, 287 Pompey's
generalship, 239 Italy, Brundisium, siege of, 189-92 Corfinium campaign, 183-9 ...
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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
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - jerry-book - LibraryThing
Good review of Caesar. But a lot is just copied from Caesar, not much in the way of insight. Read full review