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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He called upon Crassus and Pompey to speak; they did so in favour of the bill,
and Pompey concluded his speech by saying: 'If any one dares to raise a sword, I
also will snatch up my shield.' 1 When the bill was put to the vote, three tribunes ...
But one thing stood in his favour; accompanied as the Helvetian warriors were by
vast numbers of women, children, cattle, and wagons, their mobility was severely
restricted. Were he to do no more than repulse them, they could not escape ...
1 According to Suetonius, 'excepting only the nations in alliance with the
Republic, and such as had merited his favour', by which is presumably meant the
Remi, Lingones, Aedui, and Arverni, Caesar grouped the rest of the tribes 'into
the form ...
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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