Life of A Colossus

eBook - 2006
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Tracing the extraordinary trajectory of Caesar's life from birth through assassination, historian Goldsworthy covers not only Caesar'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 a rebel condemned by his own country. Goldsworthy realizes the full complexity of Caesar's character, places his subject firmly within the context of Roman society in the first century B.C., and shows why his political and military leadership continues to resonate some two thousand years later.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, 2006.
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1 online resource (583 pages) : illustrations, maps


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jpmoran Oct 16, 2011

Very clear biography of Caesar by a prominent younger historian of ancient Rome. Does an excellent job of explaining the convoluted and highly personal politics of the late Roman Republic that revolved strongly around prominent individuals who were in fierce and ultimately violent and deadly competition with each other.

Goldsworthy writes well and, as a professional historian, is careful to identify what is firmly known from what is not and to identify the biases and relative credibility of the sources. He will give his opinions and even educated guesses on motivations for actions but is careful to identify such speculations for what they are. Even after nearly2100 years Caesar's career is amazing and fascinating.

Interesting, well written and certainly detail oriented....but tres dry! This is a great one to go to sleep by. All humor aside, this is well worth the read if you are a Ceasar fan.

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