Caesar: The Life of a ColossusPaperback
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- Publisher: Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
- Format: Paperback | 704 pages
- Dimensions: 134mm x 198mm x 50mm | 499g
- Publication date: 3 May 2007
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0753821583
- ISBN 13: 9780753821589
- Sales rank: 38,734
From the very beginning, Caesar's story makes dazzling reading. In his late teens he narrowly avoided execution for opposing the military dictator Sulla. He was decorated for valour in battle, captured and held to ransom by pirates, and almost bankrupted himself by staging games for the masses. As a politician, he quickly gained a reputation as a dangerously ambitious maverick. By his early 30s he had risen to the position of Consul, and was already beginning to dominate the Senate. His affairs with noblewomen were both frequent and scandalous. His greatest skill, outside the bedroom, was as a military commander. In a string of spectacular victories he conquered all of Gaul, invaded Germany, and twice landed in Britain - an achievement which in 55BC was greeted with a public euphoria comparable to that generated by the moon landing in 1969. In just thirty years he had risen from a position of virtual obscurity to become one of the richest men in the world, with the power single-handedly to overthrow the Republic. By his death he was effectively emperor of most of the known world.
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Adrian Goldsworthy has a doctorate from Oxford University. His first book, The Roman Army at War was recognised by John Keegan, the general Editor of The History of Warfare, as an exceptionally impressive work, original in treatment and impressive in style. He has since written five other books, to great acclaim.
By tommi antila 02 Feb 2011
The book tells us in much detail about the public life and military career of Julius Caesar and tells us also in great detail about the political athmosphere in those days.
If you are interested in a book about the man, this is the book you should get.
I rate this book 4/5 because the build quality of the book itself could be better.
As for the text itself, i would say 4.5/5
Goldsworthy's magnificent biography places Caesar in the context of the Roman world and shows why we return to the great man. -- Toby Clements Telegraph