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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For the most part these men were undisciplined, frequently ill-armed, and more
often than not they must have spoken languages unintelligible to the legionaries:
brave, probably; unreliable, inevitably; and brutal, certainly. In spite of all his high
On the monuments the legionaries are depicted at their best; therefore we should
beware of assuming that Caesar's soldiers resembled them in detail. Not only
were many of his legions hastily raised, but in the chaos of the Civil War it must ...
This must have taken a considerable time; yet all we are told is, that at any point
where the legionaries 'seemed to be distressed or too hard pressed Caesar'
ordered 'the standards to advance and line of battle to be formed. This served 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