Et Tu Brute

Et Tu Brute

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Gaius Julius Caesar, life dictator of Rome, not quite a king and not yet a god, was murdered on the 15th of March - the Ides of March - in 44 BC. The killers were a conspiracy of senators that included the richest and most educated Roman politicians of his day. But soon the leaders of the conspiracy were fleeing for their lives, and Rome plunged back into a decade and a half of bloody civil war. Why should we care about the Ides of March? In part because Caesar's vast ghost long outlasted the Roman empire, on stage and in fiction, in titles and ceremonies, in opera and popular culture; most recently as the climax of a huge coming BBC2 series. But most of all because his death is a fulcrum in the history of political murder. Assassination and autocracy remain indissolubly linked, whether it be Tsar Alexander II or JFK, as they will until monarchs and presidents themselves lose power and significance. And western democracies, like Noble Brutus, plot the murder of Third World dictators as a remedy for terrorism. Beware the Ides of March! This is the second title in the new "Profiles in History" series, edited by Mary Beard. This series explores classic moments of world history - those 'ring-a-bell' events that we always know less about than we think!show more

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  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 137.2 x 203.2 x 25.4mm | 362.88g
  • Profile Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 1861977417
  • 9781861977410

About Greg Woolf

Greg Woolf has been a fellow of various Oxford and Cambridge Colleges and is now Professor of Ancient History at the University of St Andrew's. He has written widely on Roman imperialism and the archaeology of the Roman more

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Sunday Times - 'Woolf succeeds admirably in resurrecting the real Caesar and in interpreting the images of him that later generations have created' Spectator - 'Ranges far and wide, embracing Mark Chapman as well as Brutus, Frederick Forsyth as well as almost Caesarian display of celeritas and audacity' The Guardian - 'For Greg Woolf, author of this learned and lively account, the Ides of March is a sort of bottleneck in the story of the political society of the west.' Sunday Telegraph - 'stimulating addition to the excellent Profiles in History series'show more

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