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    Julius Caesar: The Colossus of Rome (Roman Imperial Biographies (Hardcover)) (Hardback) By (author) Richard A. Billows

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    DescriptionJulius Caesar offers a lively, engaging, and thoroughly up-to-date account of Caesar's life and times. Richard Billows' dynamic and fast paced narrative offers an imaginative recounting of actions and events, providing the ideal introduction to Julius Caesar for general readers and students of classics and ancient history. The book is not just a biography of Caesar, but an historical account and explanation of the decline and fall of the Roman Republican governing system, in which Caesar played a crucial part. To understand Caesar's life and role, it is necessary to grasp the political, social and economic problems Rome was grappling with, and the deep divisions within Roman society that came from them. Caesar has been seen variously as a mere opportunist, a power-hungry autocrat, an arrogant aristocrat disdaining rivals, a traditional Roman noble politician who stumbled into civil war and autocracy thanks to being misunderstood by his rivals, and even as the ideal man and pattern of all virtues. Richard A. Billows argues that such portrayals fail to consider the universal testimony of our ancient sources that Roman political life was divided in Caesar's time into two great political tendencies, called "optimates" and "populares" in the sources, of which Caesar came to be the leader of one: the "popularis" faction. Billows suggests that it is only when we see Caesar as the leader of a great political and social movement, that had been struggling with its rival movement for decades and had been several times violently repressed in the course of that struggle, that we can understand how and why Caesar came to fight and win a civil war, and bring the traditional governing system of Rome to an end.

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    Julius Caesar
    The Colossus of Rome
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Richard A. Billows
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 336
    Width: 158 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Thickness: 24 mm
    Weight: 640 g
    ISBN 13: 9780415333146
    ISBN 10: 0415333148

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15500
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: HIS
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.0
    B&T Merchandise Category: TXT
    Ingram Subject Code: BA
    Libri: I-BA
    DC22: B
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    BIC subject category V2: HB
    BISAC V2.8: BIO011000
    Ingram Theme: CULT/ITALY
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    B&T Modifier: Continuations: 02
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    B&T Approval Code: A14202040
    DC22: 937.05092
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    LC classification: DG261 .B55 2009
    BISAC V2.8: BIO008000
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    Thema V1.0: NH, JPHL, NHDA
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1QBAR
    Illustrations note
    4 black & white illustrations, 2 black & white line drawings
    Taylor & Francis Ltd
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    Publication date
    14 January 2009
    Publication City/Country
    Author Information
    Columbia University, USA
    Table of contents
    Prologue 1. Rome and Italy in the 2nd century BCE 2. Caesar's childhood: the Social War and the Sullan Civil War 3. Caesar's early manhood: the rise of Pompeius 4. Roman politics in the sixties 5. The long year 59 BCE 6. The conquest of Gaul 7. Roman politics in the fifties 8. Caesar's place in Roman literature and culture 9. The Civil Wars against Pompeius and the Optimates 10. Caesar the Dictator Epilogue