Caesar: Life of a Colossus

Caesar: Life of a Colossus


By (author) Research Fellow Adrian Goldsworthy

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  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Format: Hardback | 583 pages
  • Dimensions: 163mm x 226mm x 48mm | 998g
  • Publication date: 22 September 2006
  • Publication City/Country: New Haven
  • ISBN 10: 0300120486
  • ISBN 13: 9780300120486
  • Edition: 1
  • Sales rank: 245,627

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Tracing the extraordinary trajectory of the great Roman emperor's life, Goldsworthy covers not only the great Roman emperor's accomplishments as charismatic orator, conquering general, and powerful dictator but also lesser-known chapters during which he was high priest of an exotic cult, captive of pirates, seducer not only of Cleopatra but also of the wives of his two main political rivals, and rebel condemned by his own country. Ultimately, Goldsworthy realizes the full complexity of Caesar's character and shows why his political and military leadership continues to resonate some two thousand years later. In the introduction to his biography of the great Roman emperor, Adrian Goldsworthy writes, "Caesar was at times many things, including a fugitive, prisoner, rising politician, army leader, legal advocate, rebel, dictator . . . as well as husband, father, lover and adulterer." In this landmark biography, Goldsworthy examines Caesar as military leader, all of these roles and places his subject firmly within the context of Roman society in the first century B.C.

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Author information

Adrian Goldsworthy read history at Oxford and is the author of "The Roman Army at War," "The Punic Wars," and other books about the ancient world. He lives in Wales.

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"Adrian Goldsworthy is one of the new generation of young classicists who combine scholarship with storytelling to bring the ancient world to life. In his masterly new "Caesar," he shows us the greatest Roman as man, statesman, soldier, and lover."--Simon Sebag Montefiore, author of "Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar"--Simon Sebag Montefiore