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Caesar

by Adrian Goldsworthy

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Throughout this book Goldsworthy keeps an impressive focus on Caesar as a man - putting the great leader in the context of the late Roman Republic but not slipping into an exhaustive account of Roman politics or the events that followed his legendary murder. What makes this biography so compelling are the well-contrasted traits in Caesar's character: he was fair but brutal, vain but willing to admit mistakes, a high-minded politician but a serial adulterer. Best of all, Goldsworthy reminds us, Caesar is as intriguing and enigmatic today as any other figure in history.

Caesar Synopsis

Caius Julius Caesar remains the most famous Roman - and indeed one of the most famous people - ever to have lived. In this new biography, the first for many years, Adrian Goldsworthy tells the story of the man who has inspired politicians, military leaders and philanderers throughout history.

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 - he slept with countless other men's wives, seduced both mothers and their daughters, and had love affairs with everyone from Brutus's mother to the beautiful and enigmatic Cleopatra.

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, itself a spectacular event, he was effectively emperor of most of the known world.

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ISBN: 9780297846208
Publication date: 11/05/2006
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Format: Hardback

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ISBN: 9780297846208
Publication date: 11th May 2006
Author: Adrian Goldsworthy
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Format: Hardback
Genres: Biography / Autobiography, eBook Favourites,
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About Adrian Goldsworthy

Adrian Goldsworthy has a doctorate from Oxford University. His first book, THE ROMAN ARMY AT WAR was recognised by John Keegan as an exceptionally impressive work, original in treatment and impressive in style. He has gone on to write several other books, including THE FALL OF THE WEST, CAESAR, IN THE NAME OF ROME, CANNAE and ROMAN WARFARE, which have sold more than a quarter of a million copies and been translated into more than a dozen languages. A full-time author, he regularly contributes to TV documentaries on Roman themes.

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