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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This is not so, because in composition and tactical arrangement it cannot
compare with the scientifically organized army of Philip of Macedon and of his
son Alexander, or with those of Alexander's immediate successors. Pace Livy (
DC, 19), ...
That no Roman army developed the mobility of the Macedonians under
Alexander the Great is understandable. Besides lack of cavalry and entrenching,
it was also due to dependence on requisitioning - that is, living off" the enemy
country as ...
1 To meet their demand he attached to his army, which consisted of 10,000
professional horse-archers, a corps of 1,000 camels laden with a huge reserve of
arrows, and to it he added a division of 1,000 mailed lancers. Thus his army ...
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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